An exemplary purity of fruit!
Norma Radcliffe came to the winemaking of Pinotage and distinguished herself with this grape variety by winning a double gold medal in the Veritas Competition with the 1995 vintage. The characters of Pinotage are expressed through a beautiful richness, a beautiful length in the mouth with a deep color, which merge after a passage in barrels. Warwick's Pinotage is aged in French barrels (months). On the nose, aromas of green bananas, liquorice and red fruits. In the mouth, sweetness and roundness reflect the beautiful ripeness of the grapes.
This grape is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, obtained in 1925 in South Africa by Professor A.I. Perold of the University of Stellenbosch. But it is difficult to find the kinship in the wine, whose personality is quite singular. Although he is already in his eighties, it was not until the 1990s that he experienced a real boom. After long being used in the production of mass wines because it is very productive and resistant to disease, it has finally been recognized by conscientious producers who have begun to treat it with the care it deserves, to produce great wines: lower yields, anticipated harvests to avoid excessive alcohol, modernization of winemaking and barrel breeding have made Pinotage the flagship grape of South Africa. More and more, it is assembled with Bordeaux grape varieties to make what is locally called "Cape".
Founded in the 18th century by Colonel Alexander Gordon in honour of the regiment he commanded during the Boer War, the estate was purchased in 1964 by Stan Radcliffe, starting the grape variety with Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot and Cabernet Franc were planted in 1980.
Until 1985, when Norma Radcliffe first came vintage (only 500 cases of pure Cabernet Sauvignon), the grapes were sold on the market. It was after several trips to the Bordeaux region and an extended apprenticeship of Norma at Château Senejac that the Radcliffes decided to produce their own wines in a typical Bordeaux style. Winemaking is traditional: no filtration and a minimum of racking, egg white gluing, vinification by grape variety, ageing in 225-litre Bordeaux barrels in an air-conditioned cellar and final assembly after a 9 to a month ageing.
Trilogy, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is the estate's flagship wine.
|Type of products||Wines|
|Appellation||- South Africa|
|Title supplement||Olifants River|
|Producer||The Sadie Family|
|Capacity||75 cl bottle|
|Main style||Elegant - Refined|
|Main grape variety||Chenin|
|Consumption recommendation||2014 à 2023|