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The ultimate Winelands experience. Pay R199 for a gourmet picnic, wine tasting and Big 5 wine Safari for two at the idyllic Warwick Wine Estate worth R449
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Friday, August 05, 2011
There are two main advantages that Warwick Estate’s Big Five Safari has over other Big Five game drives. The first, of course, is wine. The second is that you’ll never leave disappointed – you’re guaranteed sightings of each one of the Big Five in question, for we are not talking wildlife here. Warwick’s Big Five is comprised of the quintet of South African wine giants – Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinotage, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Authentic safari vehicles take you deep into the vineyards, en route they liken each of the five grapes to one of the real Big Five. If, like me, you like to play guessing games and fancy trying to work out which grape reflects which animal, you might like to place you bets before you read on – consider this a spoiler alert.
We climbed into the truck feeling a little sad that we weren’t actually going game spotting, but any disappointment was washed away at our first stop with a post-breakfast glass of the sublime Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoying the signature winelands view of endless mountains and unrivalled beauty, we sipped and learned why this is the rhino of the wine Big Five. This was the most tenuous comparison – there being more to both than meets the eye – but others are really rather clever.
Cab Sauv, the king of the wine industry, can only be the lion; Pinotage, like the buffalo, stands its ground (when blended with a Cab Sauv. N.B. blending a buffalo and a lion is not recommended); Cab Franc is the elephant of grapes, with its thick skin and resilience to pests, while Merlot, like the leopard, presents a challenge. Just as you don’t always get a glimpse of the latter on a game drive, you don’t always get a good glass of the former in South Africa.
Warwick’s tour is quirky and fun, but more than that it offers real insight into the grape growing process, something often overlooking on winery tours. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to identify a grape from its leaves, know which variety craves cooler weather or why French oak is favoured over South African oak then this is your tour. And even if those things aren’t near the top of your must-learn list, the Big Five Wine Safari is a great way to spend an hour – sipping Sauvignon Blanc alongside the vines that produced it and following up with a tasting of Warwick’s excellent vintages back at the winery. I might have failed to rise to the challenge of identifying the grape from looking at the vine; I might have failed to match the grapes to their animal counterparts but I fared well at working my way through their tasting menu and succeeded at sipping from the famous wedding cup without spilling a drop. It seems I know where my strengths truly lie.
Warwick’s Big Five Wine Safari costs R50 per person, leaving every hour from 11am to 4pm. Bookings recommended. Tastings cost R25 per person and gourmet picnics are available to enjoy in the grounds.
Contact Warwick Estate
Tel 021-884 -144
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Jan Kriel London Wine Auction was established in 1998 as a brainchild of Dave Hughes to create not only awareness of the top South African Wines, but also to raise much needed funds for Jan Kriel School. Throughout the years the auction grew and the name was changed.
The 2011 London SA Wine Auction included accommodation packages on wine estates, internationally award winning wines and rare collectors’ items. More than 40 wine estates were represented at this gala charity dinner and auction. Mike Ratcliffe (Warwick Wine and Vilafonte) acted as auctioneer and the presence of Johann Krige (Kanonkop), Duncan Spence (Rickety Bridge) and Chris Edge (Cape Legends), to mention but a few, contributed to the success of the event. The Warwick and Vilafonte lots raised the highest bids of around
Jan Kriel School (est. 1937) empowers and educates learners with epilepsy, dyslexia, medical, neurological or emotional conditions
which make it impossible for them to attend mainstream schools. This year 550 learners enrolled and the Head Boy, Mathew Hardie and Head Girl, Lize Loubser represented their school in London, at the event.
The 14th Annual London SA Wine Auction will coincide with Jan Kriel School’s 75th Birthday celebration in 2012. The auction will take place on Thursday, 24 May 2012.
Johann Krige (Kanonkop Estate) congratulates successful bidder, Julia Hands on her 9ℓ Kanonkop Pinotage, 2009 that was auctioned for £1,600.00. Johann opened a 1.5ℓ Kanonkop Pinotage, 2009 at her table to enjoy during the evening.
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Anyway, we ended up at Naha to taste the wines of Warwick Estate in South Africa. www.warwickwine.com. We met with a bunch of wine loving folks and winery honcho Mike Ratcliffe. Mike is a great guy, very outgoing and had a great knack for remembering names. We tasted many of the wines that the vineyard has to offer and fell in love with the Pinotage
The below is from the web:
The wine has a deep and intense garnet colour. The nose shows ripe cassis and smoky flavours that fuses with almond and chocolate aromas. The palate is full round with ripe chewy tannins and flavours like coffee, cherry, cigar box and liquorices. The balanced acid creates a firm finish that is complemented by luscious and lingering sweetness.
The net/net - the wine rocks!
Fair priced, tasty and drinks well now and can age.
Look for it on the shelves soon!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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The keenly awaited release of the first Jeffrey Deaver penned James Bond novel hit book stores around the world today. Bond get’s a new bespoke Bentley Continental GT but stays with his Omega Seamaster and his perfectly tailored British suits. In what has become classic Bond, 007 mingles with the sexiest women in the world – both good and bad in a carefully managed plot guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. South African wines feature for the first time and James Bond makes no secret about his choice of drink with Warwick’s ‘Three Cape Ladies’ red blend his preferred drink for seducing the lovely Felicity Willing.
“ ...vintage Three Cape Ladies, a red blend from Muldersvlei in the Cape. Bond knew it’s reputation. He took out the cork and poured. They sat on the sofa and sipped. “Wonderful” he said.”
The action set all over the world has Cape Town and Franschhoek in South Africa featuring heavily with their multiple exotic locations and exalted post World Cup reputation perfectly positioned to capture the interest of aspiring Bond fans everywhere. Shooting on the new movie – it is rumoured - commences in South Africa in September 2011.
Warwick is a family-owned and run South African Wine Estate focused on the high-end segment of the market. Warwick ‘Three Cape Ladies’ is available in fine wine stores and top restaurants around the world.