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Warwick Estate Trilogy 2007

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The wines of Warwick in South Africa have long been celebrated for their elegance and quality and their flagship wine, the splendid Trilogy, is a firm favourite with Vivino customers.

Because of this, we have been lucky enough to be offered a small parcel of the fully mature 2007 vintage - and when we tasted it, we knew we had to offer it straight away!

Trilogy is considered to be one of South Africa's 'First Growths' and one of its best Bordeaux blends and the quality here is such that it has aged beautifully.

Soft and smooth with classic claret-like notes of cedar and pencil lead, this is right at the height of its drinking prowess.

This Trilogy could be dropped into a tasting of top class Bordeaux and no one would be any the wiser - until at least the price tags were revealed...A mature wine of this standard from Bordeaux would cost northwards of £75 at the very least!

To be drinking so well after 11 years demonstrates just how good Warwick are.

At this price, it's an absolute steal...

About the wine

Still surprisingly dark red in the glass, the only sign of age is some lighter red tints towards the rim of the glass. Just one sniff is enough to make you realise that you have something seriously good in the glass. Classic claret aromas of cedar, pencil-lead and blackcurrant mingle with earth, smoke and spice to give the wine complexity. On the palate, this 2007 Trilogy is deliciously balanced, the dark fruit still holding but with the tannins fully integrated into a soft, smooth whole. Full-bodied, intense and very, very long, this is sheer drinking pleasure, guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any wine drinker!

We'd suggest decanting for sediment and to allow the wine to fully express itself, but it doesn't need long in the decanter.

The grapes were sourced from the oldest and most established vineyards on the Warwick estate. Each variety was fermented separately and spent 26 months ageing in 225 litre French oak barrels (62% new) and was blended before bottling. The wine spent another 26 months in bottle before being released to allow it to fully harmonise. 

Winemaker: Nic Van Arde
Appellation: Stellenbosch, South Africa

- 90pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
- 17/20pts, JancisRobinson.com
4.0/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 18% Merlot
Vineyard: The oldest vineyards on the estate
Cooperage: 24 months in French oak,  60% new
ABV: 14.5%
Drink: 2018-2020

About the winery

Warwick Estate is a family-owned and run winery. Managing Director Michael Ratcliffe is the 3rd generation family member to oversee this high quality boutique operation.

From 1771 till 1902, Warwick was known as the farm ‘De Goede Sukses’. After the Anglo Boer war ended in 1902, Colonel William Alexander Gordon, Commanding Officer of the Warwickshire regiment bought the historic farm. He renamed it ‘Warwick’ as a tribute to his regiment.

Stan Ratcliffe purchased Warwick on April 1st 1964 after an extensive search for the best ‘terroir’ in the Cape. Together with his wife Norma, they soon realized the potential of the extraordinary property and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines produced high quality grapes, which were soon in demand from neighbouring wineries. Norma became more and more interested in the making of wine and began to study the subject. Soon a cellar was built, more vines were planted and the estate has never looked back.

About the vineyard

The 56 hectares of vineyards are predominantly south facing and are planted at altitudes between 220 meters and 340 meters above sea level.

The oldest block that goes into the blend was a Cabernet block that was planted in 1997, with another planted in 1998. The Merlot was all planted in 2001 and the Cabernet Franc was planted between 2001 and 2008.

The estate takes an environmentally friendly approach to produce top quality grapes, refraining from using pre-emergent herbicides and spraying just once, annually under each vine row and mowing twice a year. The farm also refrains from using harmful insecticides, rather concentrating on spot treatments.

90 Points - Neal Martin

The flagship 2007 Estate Reserve (known as the “Trilogy” in the UK) has a fragrant, perfumed, quite floral bouquet with hints of blueberry, violet, mulberry and dark cherry. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with fresh vibrant dark-berried fruit, and a smooth texture and focused finish."


17/20 Points - Julia Harding
Pure cassis fruit and just a tad leafy on the nose. On the palate, very claret-like but with an added layer of sweetness and accessibility at this age. Dense and rich even with that slight leafy edge. Pure and long and mouthfilling but still very fresh and mouthwatering on the finish." 


"Dark red in colour. Good dark fruits. Smooth easy tanins. Well balanced. Great full finish. 4/5 Stars

"Had it back in '12 and gave et 4* but I actually think that it has got a bit better! Beautiful nose with loads of oak! The taste is dry, deep, soft.... And the best part it that I still have 3 bottles in the cellar!4.5/5 Stars

"My last bottle of what has been an excellent vintage for Warwick. Plum, raisin & cassis nose. A luxurious mouthfeel with silky tannins. Some Christmas cake, vanilla, Choc & Spice & a hint of eucalypt. A firm finish with an appealing savoriness. Very classy."  4.5/5 Stars

"Absolutely awesome! Drinking so nicely now. I'm loving it!4.5/5 Stars

"So beautifully integrated now! Structure, fruit, tannins all fabulous. 4.5/5 Stars




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One of South Africa's best wines - perfectly mature & drinking beautifully!
A South African icon! The perfectly mature 2007 Trilogy
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