Warwick Cabernet Franc 2018 [Available only for premium members]
Warwick Cabernet Franc 2018 [ Only for Premium Wine Club Members ]
Tim Atkin MW 2020: 95 points
Wine Spector 2021 : 90 points
Robert Parker 2021 : 92 points
Platter's : 5 Stars
top range. Bottled as a single varietal in 1988. This is one of South Africa's oldest single Cabernet Francs. Since then, Warwick's Cabernet Franc has been highly acclaimed and is now one of the iconic items that symbolize the company and one of South Africa's leading Cabernet Francs.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of black cherry, cassis, black and red fruits, dried herbs, chocolate, oak, coffee, tobacco and pencil lead. Beautiful and smooth acidity, fine and delicate astringency, strong and strong body. Powerful, delicate and finesse, smooth, beautiful and silky on the palate. Wrapped in black olive and iron flavors and refreshing green notes, the sourness and fruitiness are well harmonized, well-balanced and elegant. Aftertaste is long. It is finished in a wine with the power and elegant style of Warwick.
Beef, mutton, aged meat, bitter green vegetables such as bell peppers, green peppers, grilled meat (sauce and wasabi), eel kabayaki + wasabi, dishes using wasabi and Japanese pepper.
Country of origin/production area
south africa stellenbosch
*Depending on stock availability, the vintage of the wine to be shipped may differ from the description. If you are interested in vintage, please contact us before ordering.
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Warwick is one of South Africa's leading boutique wineries in the Stellenbosch region. Dating back to 1771, the farm has a long history.
In 1964, former owners Stan and Norma Ratcliffe purchased Warwick, a former fruit farm. Viticulture started in 1981 with a focus on classic Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon).
Norma Ratcliffe's dedication to winemaking made her one of the first female Cape winemakers. Warwick's "First Lady" series is a tribute to her achievements.
The first release on the Warwick label was in 1984. Since then, it has won many awards both at home and abroad, and has grown into one of South Africa's leading brands and established its position.
The winery is located at an altitude of 240-360m in the hills of the Simmonsberg Mountains, called the Red Wine Zone of Stellenbosch. This high position allows cool southeasterly winds to blow the vineyards in spring and summer.
Warwick has a variety of slopes and different clay-rich soil types that produce unique terroirs and complex, characterful wines. The main soil types are granitic oak leaf and tukul. The vineyard has cool east facing, south east facing, south facing and slightly warmer west facing slopes. One of the top Cabernet Francs representing South Africa is produced here in Warwick, and its fields are on the south and southwest slopes.
One of the things we take care in growing is that irrigation is kept to a minimum to express the unique terroir of this farm.
Over the last ten years, we have also recognized the importance of biodiversity and strived to maintain a balance between nature and winemaking.
Our soils have a high clay content so the need for irrigation is very low and some fields require no irrigation at all.
Cover crops, such as legumes and radishes, planted in the winter months improve soil health, organic matter and microbial activity, and reduce the need for herbicides. As a result, many earthworms live in the soil.
And when it comes to pest control, we rely on natural predators. Everything is cultivated and managed with respect for biodiversity. As a result, the problem of snails, weevils and other harmful insects is cleared.
Warwick's philosophy is to never compromise on quality. We aim to perform at the highest level in all that we do. And the wine we aim for is elegance. It is a slightly modest classic style to express it.
●Cap: Cork ●Cultivation: Harvested from two excellent blocks of fields within the estate.
●Manufacturing: Destemming, skin contact for 36 days in stainless steel tank. 3-4 pumpovers a day during that time. After pressing, malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks and oak barrels. It is then aged for 27 months in French oak (65% new barrels). Select and blend only the best barrels.
Aging potential: Vintage +15-20 years
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