Winemakers comments: The wine has a deep and intense garnet colour. The nose shows ripe cassis and smoky flavours that are complexed by aromas of almond and chocolate. The palate is full round with ripe chewy tannins and flavours like coffee, cherry, cigar box and liquorice. The balanced acid creates a firm finish that is complemented by luscious and lingering sweetness. Although accessible now this wine will improve with up to 10 years.
The grapes were picked at 25,6 balling and innoculated with a local yeast as soon as they entered the cellar. Fermentation at 28C and the wine fermented dry on the skins. After pressing the wine was transferred to French Oak barrels, here it under went malolactic fermentation. After malolactic fermentation the wine was racked and further aged in barrels fro 24 months. This wine received 70% new oak. Before bottling the wine was lightly fined and filtered.
Warwick Estate is a family-owned and run winery. Managing Director Michael Ratcliffe is the 3rd generation family member to oversee this high quality boutique operation that has been lauded globally for excellence and consistency. Mike is passionately involved in many aspects of the South African and global wine industry and has held senior leadership positions in industry bodies. From 1771 til 1902, Warwick Wine Farm was known as the farm De Goede Sukses. After the Anglo Boer war in 1902, Colonel William Alexander Gordon, Commanding Officer of the Warwickshire regiment decided against returning to England and bought the farm. He renamed it Warwick as a tribute to his regiment and the rest, as they say, is history. Warwick was purchased on April 1st 1964 by Stan Ratcliffe after an extensive search for the best terroir in the Cape. Together with his new bride Norma , they soon realized the potential of the extraordinary property and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines produced high quality grapes, which were soon in demand from neighbouring wineries. Norma became more and more interested in the making of wine and began to study the subject. Soon a cellar was in place and in 1984 the first legal Warwick vintage was released (a Cabernet Sauvignon). It seemed Norma had the talent for making great wines and production soon increased. In 1986 Warwick Trilogy was releases, a Bordeaux style blend which has since became one of the flagships of the South African Wine Industry.