2021 Warwick Professor Black Pitch Black

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Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Warwick
Vintage 2021
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2023 - 2030
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The Warwick Professor Black Pitch Black from the South African top winery Warwick is also called the South African Bordeaux because this wine is made in the style of a classic Bordeaux inspired by the wines that came from Simonsberg in the middle of the last century. It is a Bordeaux blend, but blended with Cinsault, as was the norm in Stellenbosch more than 50 years ago. All grape varieties except Cinsault are destemmed and fermented on their skins for 2-3 weeks before being pressed and aged in French barriques for a period of 18 months. The Cinsault is fermented with whole bunches in stainless steel. The assembly and light filtration take place just before bottling.

In the glass the wine is purple in color with dark berries in the nose, wild strawberries, violets and herbs fill the glass. The taste is rich and structured with fine tannins and a clear and penetrating freshness thanks to Cinsault. The aftertaste is long and intense with flavors of blackcurrants and violets. Delicious with rack of lamb from the grill. Also delicious with tournedos with pepper sauce.

Warwick Estate is located close to Stellenbosch, on the way to Paarl. This winery has a long history dating back to the year 1791. In the time between 1791 and 1920 it had a different name and was called "Good Succes". This name was changed to Warwick by the then owner Alexander Gordon after the Warwickshire regiment in which he served. In 1964, Stan and Norma Ratcliffe purchased the property and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. At that time they sold the grapes and did not use them for their own production, even though Norma wanted to. She studied winemaking and a wine cellar was built. The first Vintage from Warwick was 1984. Stan and Norma's son Mike has been at the helm of the company for several years. He is helped by winemaker Louis Nel.

Warwick wines are certified organic which means that no fertilizers, chemical pesticides or pesticides such as herbicides are used. At Warwick they go one step further and the sun and moon phases determine the harvesting and pruning work.

FACT: in the tab: Attachment you will find the official fact sheet of the wine. We will send this to you automatically when you order the wine.

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Without any exaggeration, we can say that Warwick Estate is today one of the leading wine companies in Stellenbosch, and even in South Africa. That, of course, does not come out of the blue. In the first place there is of course the special terroir, in a unique place: directly to the west of the monumental Simonsberg, the high mountain that dominates the region and which also determines the climate of the region. Warwick Estate is located in a valley enclosed by the Simonsberg, Kanonkop and Klapmutskop. The historic farm, now called Warwick, was called 'Good Success' from 1791 to 1902. After the Boer War, the farm was bought by Colonel Alexander Gordon, who baptized him 'Warwick', after the army unit he served for, the Warwickshire regiment. Later the company fell into disrepair and when it was taken over by Stan & Norma Ratcliffe in 1964, there was no sign of a grape. Stan and Norma soon realized that they had acquired a special terroir for wine growing and it was not long before they decided to plant cabernet sauvignon, a grape really made for this region. These cabernet sticks yielded high quality grapes, which were in great demand among traders and other wineries for making great wines. Norma herself became more and more interested in wine making and decided to follow a training as a winemaker. Norma and Stan decided to build a cellar and in 1984 the first 'own' Warwick wine was born, a Cabernet sauvignon. Norma turned out to have the talent to make great wines and the production could increase year on year - both in quality and quantity. The Bordeaux blend Trilogy, which was launched in 1986, quickly became one of the major flagships of South African wine growing. This was emphasized when he was chosen by South African President Thabo Mbeki to be served at an official dinner for President George Bush. It is a recognition of the rare qualities of the Warwick winery. Meanwhile, winemaker Norma has stepped back after 20 years, and has been succeeded by Louis Nel, who is widely regarded as one of South Africa's most talented winemakers. And in 2001, Mike Ratcliffe, son of Norma and Stan, was appointed general manager. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with a degree in wine marketing. This makes Warwick fully equipped for the future.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Appellation Stellenbosch (Appellatie)
Winery Warwick
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2023
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Tier Price
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Green & grassy, Tense, Tropical fruit, White fruit
Drink moments Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras
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