Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Favourite Wine - Warwick

Blends, now this is an interesting topic. Some wine experts believe that a blend is easier to make than a Cabernet Sauvignon, but I feel that this is not the case. Now, this can and has been debated and since this is about what I think of blends, my opinion is the one that is recorded on this site. :)

Making the perfect blend is an skill, that is beyond comparison. It involves an ability to take different grapes, and add them in the exact quantities to create a wine that is not only smooth and easy drinking, but also a wine that with a little time, can grow into something that is rather spectacular.

If I have to pick a favourite, then Warwick Wines near Stellenbosch in the beautifully country of South Africa would be on the top of my list. Their Trilogy is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and each component was harvested and vinified separately. The wine was kept on the skins no longer than 7 days and the components were then allowed to finish malolactic fermentation and aged in French oak for 24 months. The Winemaker’s comments are: The wine shows great ripe fruit flavours with hints of chocolate and mocha. A sweet, perfumed luscious nose, which is earthy and provocative. Ripe prunes, raspberry and blackberry flavours abound. There is a silky soft feel in the mouth with nutty and coffee flavours on the palate. The wine has a very broad palette that lingers. Decanting when young will give more pleasure and aroma.

I currently have about 30 different bottles of Warwick, having tired most of their wines, including, Trilogy, Three Cape Ladies, Cabernet Franc, Pinotage and the new First Lady. do yourself a favour and try the Trilogy, you might just be very surprised.

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