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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Warwick Estate Estate Shiraz 2001
Warwick Estate Estate Shiraz 2001
(search item no. 74041)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $22.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaking: The grapes where harvested at optimum ripeness and fermented on the skins till dry. After malolactic in older barrels the wine was racked and matured for 12 months in medium toast French Oak – 20% new.

Winemaker's comments: This was our first attempt at making Shiraz and we are very pleased with the results. The wine shows fine spice and pepper on the nose with leathery undertones. The spice and fruit follows through onto the palate and together with the soft round tannins it forms a pleasing whole. Serving temperature: 16-18°C Food recommendations: Serve with rich osso bucco or venison.

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About Warwick Estate:

Warwick Estate lies in a valley enclosed by the Simonsberg, Kanonkop and Klapmutskop. Originally part of a vast piece of land known as "Good Success", this eighteenth century farm belonged to Colonel Alexander Gordon who renamed his portion in honour of the Warwickshire regiment which he commanded during the Boer War.

Years later in 1964, Stan Ratcliffe bought Warwick, where, with considerable foresight he began planting the precious Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which are still a major part of the production today. These vines produced high quality grapes and became highly sought after by wholesalers and other wineries. However, it took the arrival of Norma Ratcliffe, Stan's beautiful and energetic wife, in 1971 for the family to begin making a few experimental wines from Cabernet Sauvignon. The early results were very encouraging and served to extol the virtues of what is surely some of the best terroir in South Africa.

Michael Ratcliffe, Norma's son, has now taken over as proprietor in Stan's retirement and has wasted no time in stamping his personality on the Estate. A host of new innovative techniques, learnt during his postgraduate wine studies in Australia, are being implemented aimed at maximizing the potential of the Warwick terroir. Under Michael's leadership, the Warwick team is striving to take the next step in quality.