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WTN: Warwick Pinotage 2005

by Peter May » Sat May 02, 2009 5:45 pm

Let me kick off May's South African focus with a note on South Africa's own variety:

  • 2005 WarwickPinotage Old Bush Vines - South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch (2/5/2009)
    Opened immediatley before drinking and it seemed to have closed up compared with previous times. Not a wine to drink on its own, this demands meat. It is solid with black plum flavours and dry leather. But after half an hour it softens, there's sweet berrys and a smokiness developing. I think this is one of those Pinotages that will last for 30+ years dropping tannins and becoming sweeter. I can't wait that long, but next time I must open it earlier before drinking and decant. (88 pts.)


I called in to Warwick Estate on my first visit to the Cape and was welcomed by owner/winemaker Norma Ratcliffe to taste her range of wines. Warwick has been one of my favourites ever since.
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Re: WTN: Warwick Pinotage 2005

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Sat May 02, 2009 6:07 pm

Nice start Peter, did you know she was Edmonton-born?
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Re: WTN: Warwick Pinotage 2005

by Peter May » Sun May 03, 2009 6:33 am

No; I knew she was Canadian by birth but not which part.

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