Warwick Estate, Blue Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
This is a supremely powerful expression of Stellenbosch Cabernet showing freshness and focus typical of some of the best 2017s.
Concentrated dark berries and cassis are complemented by warm spices and dried herb aromas, while lingering dark fruit flavours provide ample length. Aged for 27 months in French oak.
Situated in the foothills of Stellenbosch’s iconic Simonsberg Mountain, Warwick Estate has been producing world class wines since 1984.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
Concentrated nose of dried herbs and warm spices complimented with dark berries and cassis. Fine powdery tannins with signature varietal grip, yet still smooth and inviting. Long and lingering dark fruit flavours gives the wine length and a moreish freshness keeps you coming back for more.
Three specific blocks used to produce this wonderful Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand harvested, de-stemmed and sorted into tank.
The wines spent on average 36 days depending on the tannin structure with three or four pump overs per day. Wine was then pressed to undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel and tank.
After completion the wine was racked to French oak barrels (25% new oak was used) for a period of 27 months before a strict selection process, where only the best barrels were used. These barrels are blended together and allowed to clarify naturally before bottling in September 2018.
It was only in 1964 that the Ratcliffe Family arrived on the scene, and it took winemaker Norma Ratcliffe, alongside her husband Stan, twenty years before they released their first wine. Warwick’s La Femme Bleu Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 1984, after which the estate went on to bottle the first ever ‘Cape Blend’ in the world, won multiple international wine awards, appeared on some of the planet’s most prestigious wine lists, and even became a wine of choice for James Bond in one of his many adventures.
In many senses, the Warwick Estate brand that you know today was developed the same way one might nurture a grape vine; through decade upon decade of careful planning, pruning, and persistence. In 2018, setting our sights on the future, we acquired the neighbouring estate of Uitkyk. The acquisition of this new land under the leadership of an internationally experienced team is an exciting chapter to have added to Warwick’s history.
But the word ‘history’ can sometimes be limiting, too. Because ‘history’ appears to give all the credit to the people and ignores what came earlier. Long before the fruit farm, and long before the Ratcliffe family, this little piece of the planet held greatness in its very soil. And more than just being part of our ‘history’, this land is our heritage.
Dry aged roast beef or fillet, Lamb and Roasted Vegetables.