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The Western Cape Sights


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Updated 11/07/2014

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This Ratcliffe-family-run farm is all business. Norma Ratcliffe, the grande dame of the estate, 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 30% Cabernet Franc. The 2004 Trilogy was voted one of the top five wines in the world by Wine Spectator—no mean feat! The 2010 vintage was also voted best wine on show and was awarded five stars, the highest rating any wine can receive. Another great red, the Three Cape Ladies, was named after the indomitable Ratcliffe women. It's been described as a "feminine" blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Pinotage. Their Cabernet Franc is undoubtedly one of the best wines made from this varietal in the Winelands. Cellar tours on request. On the hour-long Big 5 Vineyard tour (R50), the grape varietals are compared to South Africa's famous Big Five wild animals; afterward you can relax with a farm picnic (R350) on the lawn or in one of the picnic pods.

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R44, between Stellenbosch and Klapmuts, Elsenburg, 7607, South Africa



Sight Details:

  • Tastings R25
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 11/07/2014


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