Warwick Professor Black Pitch Black, Stellenbosch wine SAWarwick Professor Black Pitch Black, Stellenbosch wine SA

Warwick Estate, Professor Black Pitch Black 2017

(2 reviews)

Many folk may not know that, in the 1970s, South Africa produced world famous red blends comprising of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault, which combined the finesse of Cinsault with the power of Cab. The Pitch Black blend is a retro tribute to this Golden Age.

Dark berries, wild strawberries, violets, and herbs fill the glass. The palate is rich and textured with fine grained tannins and a bright and piercing freshness delivered by the unwooded Cinsault component.

The finish is dark and broody with concentration and a lingering aftertaste. Ready to enjoy now but will continue to develop well over the next decade.

93pts| Platter's


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Red Blend

LightFull Bodied



39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Cabernet Franc, 13% Cinsault, 10% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec


A Classical blend inspired by the wines that came from the Simonsberg in the middle of the previous century. Classical Bordeaux varieties mixed with Cinsault, as was the norm in the more than 50 years ago. All the varieties besides the Cinsault are de-stemmed and fermented on the skins for 2-3 weeks before pressing and ageing in small French oak barrels for a period 18 months, 20% new. The Cinsault was fermented whole bunch and aged in stainless steel tanks. Blending and a light filtration took place before bottling in October 2019.

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Red Blend



Red meat, pork and venison.

2 reviews for Warwick Estate, Professor Black Pitch Black 2017

  1. 93pts | Platter’s

    “Exceptional 6-way blend, cab & the other black Bordeaux grapes plus touch cinsaut from own, Helderberg & Polkadraai vines. 2018 exceptional balance of plush fruit, deft oak (20% new) & lively acid.”


  2. 92pts | Tim Atkin

    “The inspiration for this wine – a new addition to the Warwick range in 2017 – is the Chateau Libertas wines of old, which married Bordeaux varieties with some Cinsault. Far from “pitch black” in colour, this is grassy, spicy and red fruited, with some clove and tobacco notes from partial whole bunch fermentation and fine, caressing tannins. 2022-27”

    Tim Atkin

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