Warwick Estate, White Lady Chardonnay 2019
Made from Helderberg grapes harvested a stone’s throw from one of the best Chardonnay spots in the Cape.
This sophisticated lady shows laser-like lemon-and-lime acidity that cuts through a core of rounded peach and baked apples that finishes with roasted almonds and vanilla.
A focused, chiselled wine with good minerality, stylish oak and a lingering finish.
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WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
Lime, citrus and peach jump out initially, followed by a hint of roasted almonds and vanilla pod.
The palate is rich and textured and broadens as the wine opens. Notes of lemon and lime, peaches, and baked apples. This leads into a long and lingering mineral aftertaste.
Specifically, selected Stellenbosch sites, two on the Helderberg, that add more freshness and acidity and one form Warwick on a warmer West facing slope of the Simonsberg, adding textural and structural elements to the wine.
All three vineyards are picked separately at different ripeness levels to add complexity. Whole bunch pressed and juice allowed to clear naturally before transferred to 228L Burgundian French oak barrels, for fermentation. 30% new oak, 30% second fill, 30% third fill and the balanced neutral oak.
Barrels are rolled once a month for nine months before a tight selection process and blending early in 2020. Light filtration before bottling in February 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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