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The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon

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89pts

The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

89pts
First Lady wines are in tribute to Norma Ratcliffe, who has been making wine on the Warwick Estate since the 1970’s and is considered the “First Lady” of the South African wine industry. Using fruit from some of our younger vines allows for a delicateness to pervade while still offering alluring length. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak. Awarded 89 Points by Wine Enthusiast.
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2017
ACID 5.7
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
PH 3.52
Residual sugar 3
AGING 18 months
Alcohol % 13.72

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TASTING NOTES

Deep dark fruits dominate with blackberry compote and black plum complimented with spicy aromatics of clove and cinnamon and a lovely hint of dried herb. A magnificent companionship of bitter and sweet, dark chilli chocolate.


WINEMAKER NOTES

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 18 months with various types of oak used, none new, before blending and a light filtration and bottling in November 2018.


Food Recommendations

Barbecued flank steak. Wild mushroom risotto.

Ratings

89 Points Wine Enthusiast