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Warwick Estate Estate Reserve 2001

Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
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Blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. Warwick's flagship Estate Reserve is an opulent, full-bodied wine with rich, concentrated berry fruit, silky mouth-filling flavors, polished tannins and a lingering finish. Skillful barrel ageing gives Trilogy excellent maturation potential. Decanting is recommended to maximize enjoyment of this classically styled, handcrafted wine. Warwick Estate is on the premium red wine slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, near Stellenbosch. Established in 1770, the winemaking tradition was revived in 1964 by the Ratcliffe family.

"Loaded with red currant, plum, cocoa and brier flavors, this distinctive wine also unfurls spice, mineral and suave toast elements before gliding to a precise and harmonious finish. Finely crafted. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2005."
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Warwick Estate

Warwick Estate

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Warwick Estate, , South Africa
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.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

EPCWAKERE_2001 Item# 84883

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