Warwick Estate is a high-end South African winery in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The estate has a rich farming history dating back to 1771. Then a fruit farm, Warwick only emerged at the forefront of South Africa’s wine scene when Stan and Norma Ratcliffe bought the estate in 1964 and started developing the land with an extensive focus on the classic Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Through determination and commitment, Norma Ratcliffe became one of the Cape’s first female winemakers – and one of its most illustrious wine personalities, whose legacy is immortalised in the Warwick “First Lady” range.
VARIETAL: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
WINEMAKING: Grapes are picked in the early hours of the morning and transported to the cellar. Destemmed and crush to strainers for skin contact between 2h and 12h depending on the acidity levels. After pressing the juice is transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation at cold temperatures to promote aromatics. After fermentation, the wine is kept on the lees for a short period of time to retain the beautiful aromatics, blended and bottled in early August.
FOOD PAIRING: Salmon poke bowl. Panzanella salad.