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Warwick Estate, Cabernet Franc 2018

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This wine marks 30 vintages since Warwick was the first farm to make a single varietal Cabernet Franc in South Africa.

Assured and ageworthy, it shows a tantalizing bouquet of fresh herbs, sour cherry, cocoa powder and allspice.

On the palate, clean fruit flavours marry soft, juicy tannins that culminate in a long, round and lush finish.

96pts | Platter's


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Cabernet Franc

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A deep, dark plum colour hints at the body and power of this wine. A tantalizing bouquet of fresh herbs, sour cherry, cocoa powder, all spice and star anise is followed by a palate that is all clean, linear fruit with a hedonistic mouthful of soft, juicy tannins. The weighty and voluptuous mid palate is drawn out into a long, round and lush finish.


Grapes were hand-harvested on Warwick Estate at sunrise into lug boxes, which were put into a refrigerated cool room and left overnight. The cold bunches were destemmed and the berries hand sorted before being transferred to a stainless steel tank.

Cold soaking for five days preceded fermentation. The tank took 10 days to ferment followed by post fermentation maceration of eight days before barrel ageing commenced.


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.

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Pan seared duck, Beef, Lamb and pork.

2 reviews for Warwick Estate, Cabernet Franc 2018

  1. Tim Atkin | 93pts

    “Warwick has been making a varietal Cabernet Franc since 1989 and has now expanded its plantings of the grape to 15 hectares. This is a plush, perfumed, glossy style with good structure, scented oak and lots of verve, focus and acidity on the finish. 2023-29”

    Tim Atkin MW

  2. Platter’s | 96pts (5*)

    “Assured & ageworthy 2018 variety’s hallmark leafy tomato & mint nuances, plum & blackcurrant fruit. No splash cab this vintage. Similar cellar regime & time in barrel as Cab but 100% new oak to temper lively grape tannins.”

    Platter’s Awards

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