31/08/03 – Warwick Estate (South Africa) Trilogy 2000

Warwick Estate (South Africa) Trilogy 2000
Norma Ratcliffe and her son Michael are tireless advocates for the quality of Cape wines, and their two flagship bottlings back-up their claims. Trilogy is a classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, whilst Three Cape Ladies is a ‘Cape Blend’, involving a healthy portion of Pinotage. For Trilogy, the three varieties are aged seperately in Nevers and Alliers oak barrels for 14 months before blending. The result is a beautifully composed wine, with a dense purple colour and an immediately elegant nose of creamy blackcurrant and crushed blackberries, a little cedary background and just hints of woodsmoke and chestnut. On the palate it has terrifically pure, sweet cassis fruit that is svelte and polished, set against fine-grained tannins and crisp acidity. That tobacco and smoky oak fills in on the finish, and this wine really does linger on the palate. A cracking Bordeaux-styled wine with copious fruit, at a very fair price. £9.99 Raeburn Fine Wines, Handford