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.