Originally launched in 1997 by the ever-pioneering Norma Ratcliffe as a Cape Blend, Warwick’s Three Cape Ladies has gone on to achieve exceptional international recognition and become a firm restaurant favourite – even proving worthy of the attentions of 007 in Carte Blanche.
Created using grapes harvested from four distinct, established vineyards at Warwick since inception, the 2015 vintage of Three Cape Ladies marks a continued evolution towards a Bordeaux-style blend, comprising Cabernet Sauvignon (41%), Cabernet Franc (33%) and Merlot (25%). The wine spends 18 months in French oak and at least 12months in bottle before release.
Voted as one of the Top 100 Wines in the World by the Wine Spectator, Three Cape Ladies consistently receives scores above 90 points from the world’s premiere wine publications.
Cassis and black plum dominate the primary aromas in the 2015 vintage, with complex layers of all spice, mace, cinnamon, cocoa powder and dried lavender. The palate is bursting with dark berry flavour with a spicy top note of cinnamon and fresh fennel.
The opulent fruit is balanced out by the well-integrated acidity and chalky tannin.
It will benefit from 5-7 years of ageing, but is already drinking well as the perfect accompaniment to fillet steak, ostrich or game, in red wine sauce. It pairs equally well with open Lasagna with chargrilled giant mushrooms, fennel and green pepper sauce.