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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2001
Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2001
(search item no. 74151)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Number 71 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2004!

Varietal: 35% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot 25% Pinotage

20 months in medium toast French Oak - 60% new wood and 40% second fill barrels. Each component of this Cape blend offers it's own qualities. The Cabernet nose is fairly dominant, the Pinotage is soft and sweet while the Merlot offers a subtle spiciness. Ripe tannins with an innate softness that will mature with cellaring. Full on the palate with a sweetness on the finish. This blend brings the best of Pinotage to the classic French varieties.

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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.