The First Lady Pinotage is a light and lively number that isn’t shy of a bit of spice. In that sense, it’s not unlike our legendary First Lady, Normal Ratcliffe, who became the first woman to serve as Chairperson for the prestigious Cape Winemakers’ Guild. Her legend lives on in this range.
Grapes are picked at optimal ripeness and transported to the cellar and de-stemmed into tank. The wines spent between 7 and 14 days on the skins depending on the tannin structure, with three or four pump overs per day and then pressed to undergo malolactic fermentation in tank. After completion the wine was aged for 14 months with various types of oak used, none new, before blending and a light filtration and bottling in June 2020.
90 pts Wine Enthusiast ‘Best Buy’
The nose shows dark cherries, strawberry, bitter chocolate and smoked meat. The palate is lively with great fruit and fine powdery tannins, notes of cherry echoed on the palate with rooibos tea and touch spicy oak on the finish..
89 pts Wine Spectator
Floral on the nose, this medium-bodied red shows ripe mulberry and raspberry fruit flavors wrapping the plush tannins. Citrus peel acidity keeps this fresh, and herb and spice notes lace the juicy finish. Drink now through 2024.