Warwick 2000 Simonsberg Stellenbosch "Three Cape Ladies" ($20.99)
This blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 20% Pinotage shows a very dark garnet color in the glass, black at the core. Its forward aromas offer black plums and spice with a distinct, not unpleasant earthy back note of "rubber tire" that I often find in South African reds. Mouth-filling and textured, soft tannins and appropriately sharp acidity surround ripe, full fruit. There's a lot going on here in a balanced and complex wine; plum, black cherry and spice persist in a very long finish. US Importer: Broadbent Selections Inc., San Francisco. (Oct 17, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: A wine made for red meat, it's a natural partner with a medium-rare rolled beef sirloin roast.

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