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Warwick Estate, First Lady Pinotage 2019

Rich black cherries and ripe strawberry with Pinotage’s tell-tale cured meat aromas.

Situated in the foothills of Stellenbosch’s iconic Simonsberg Mountain, Warwick Estate has been producing world class wines since 1984. Its first wines were made by Norma Ratcliffe, one of South Africa’s first female winemakers.


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The nose shows dark cherries, strawberries, bitter chocolate and cured meat. The palate is light and lively with great fruit and fine powdery tannins with the same cherry notes following through on to the palate along with rooibos tea and touch of oak spice.


Grapes are picked at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar and de-stemmed into tank. The wines spent between 7 and 14 days on the skins depending on the tannin structure, with three or four pump overs per day and then pressed to undergo malolactic fermentation in tank.

After completion the wine was aged for 14 months with various types of oak used, none new, before blending and a light filtration and bottling in June 2020.


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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Pork and beef


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