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Warwick Estate The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa
  • WE88
  • RP88
  • W&S87
14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The wine has a deep and intense ruby red color. The nose reveals lots of red berries and sweet black cherries, complemented by sweet vanilla and chocolate oak background. The smooth ripe, round tannins make this wine easy to drink while still retaining a full body. The balanced acid creates a firm finish that is complemented by a lingering sweetness.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 88
Wine Enthusiast
There's a pretty touch of carnation florals to the dried black fruit and black cherry center of this wine. Spicy notes of black pepper, whole clove and black tea leaves appear in the mouth alongside juicy blackberry and fudgy brownie flavors.
RP 88
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aged for 18 months in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels, the 2009 First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon has brambly blackberry and raspberry fruit on the nose with a touch of dried herbs and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with dusty tannins, fleshy black fruit and a smooth, harmonious, crowd-pleasing finish with a savoury edge. No, it is not South Africa's greatest Cabernet, but you cannot argue with the price. Drink now-2015.
W&S 87
Wine & Spirits
A tart cabernet with some cool, green herb edges to its juicy blueberry flavors, this needs some time with air to smooth its sharp edges of tannin. For a steak.
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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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RWC393493_2009 Item# 111071

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