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Warwick Estate Trilogy, 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa

December 28, 2018

 

 

 

Warwick Estate Trilogy, 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

The Wine Society - £34.00

 

Tasting date - 27/12/2018

 

 

Appearance - Deep garnet

 

Nose intensity - Pronounced

 

Primary aroma - Cassis, black cherry, bramble, plum, blueberry and a slight leafy character with a hint of mint

 

Secondary aroma - Chocolate, coffee, smoke

 

Tertiary aroma - Leather, earth, compost, forest floor, cedar

 

 

Sweetness - Dry

 

Acidity - High

 

Tannin and nature -  High, ripe and soft

 

Alcohol - High

 

Body - Full

 

 

Intensity - Pronounced

 

Primary flavours -  Cassis, black cherry, bramble, plum, blueberry and a slight leafy character with a hint of mint

 

Secondary flavours - Chocolate, coffee, smoke

 

Tertiary flavours - Leather, earth, compost, forest floor, cedar

 

 

Finish - Long

 

Quality - Outstanding

 

 

Diploma Blind Tasting Logic

 

If tasting this wine blind you should have tried to think about the grape variety or varietal mix; the deep colour, high acidity and high level of tannin and very strong fresh black fruit character hopefully should have put you in Malbec, Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon. The slight minty character and lack of spice should have pushed you towards a Cabernet Sauvignon-like blend as would the strong cedar notes throughout the wine.

 

In terms of where the wine comes from there could be a multitude of options. There are definitely hallmarks of top Bordeaux here but the alcohol content of 14.5% and ripeness of fruit may take you away from there to somewhere warmer - Super Tuscan, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, a high altitude Napa Cabernet Sauvignon or South African Cabernet-blend are all in my mind acceptable answers. To really nail the origin I would use the other 2 wines in the flight to help me locate, hopefully there will be a Chenin Blanc and a Pinotage to help you out!

 

The quality here is outstanding and there would be no wiggle room; a brilliant balance between the high alcohol and the intensity of fruit stops the wine from being burning, there is a long and complex length showing primary, secondary and tertiary notes and pure varietal expression of warm climate Cabernet Sauvignon. The strong tertiary notes show a wine capable of further ageing which again nods to its outstanding quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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