Warwick Estate, Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Alive and zesty, this Sauvignon Blanc carries an explosive vanguard of elderflower, nettles, passion fruit and lime.
On the palate, it’s beautifully textured with a bright, lingering acidity.
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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WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
Striking nose with notes of elderflower, nettles, ripe passion fruit, and lime. The palate is alive and zesty with an abundance of passionfruit and citrus, beautifully textured with bright lingering acidity.
This wonderful Sauvignon Blanc comprises two blocks situated high on the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch, one planted in 2003 and the other in 1985.
Multiple pickings are used to add complexity, different aromatics, and texture to the wine. All were picked early in the morning and crushed to stainless steel for skin contact ranging from 6 -12 hours before a gentle pressing.
Cold fermentation in stainless steel and aged on the lees for 100 days before blending and stabilisation and bottling in early July 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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