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This Ratcliffe-family-run farm is all business. The tasting area is in a tiny cellar room cluttered with wine-making equipment, and the farm hubbub continues while you're tasting. Louis Nel, formerly from Neil Ellis estate, is the Warwick's winemaker. The previous winemaker, Norma Ratcliffe, spent a couple of vintages in France perfecting traditional techniques, which have influenced Warwick's reds. The first female winemaker in South Africa, Norma pioneered the way for a new breed of young women who are now making their mark in the industry. Trilogy is a stylish and complex red made predominantly from cabernet sauvignon, with about 20% merlot and 20% cabernet franc. The 2004 Trilogy was voted one of the top five wines in the world by Wine Spectator—no mean feat! It retails at just over R100 a bottle, making it a bargain. Another great red, the Three Cape Ladies, was named after the indomitable Ratcliffe women. It's been described as a "feminine" blend of around 50% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, and 30% Pinotage. The cabernet franc is undoubtedly one of the best wines made from this varietal in the Winelands. There are no cellar tours.
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