I have been asked to present a tasting on Tuedayof Pinotages to a wine club of 60 people so am producing the tasting sheets now.
I couldn't get hold of any non-South African pinotages for the tatsing, so I decided to have a themeof firsts.
These are the eight wines I will be showing on Tuesday:
(Delheim were the 1st winery to make a rosé Pinotage in 1976)
Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rose
Méthode Cap Classique 2006
Simonsig were the 1st South African winery to make a Methode Champenoise sparkler in 1971)
ENIGMA Blanc de Noirs
(this is the 1st commercial release of a white Pinotage)
Three Cape Ladies
Cape Blend 2005
(Warwick's 3 Cape Ladies was the 1st cape blend in Wine Spectator’s World’s Top 100 Wines)
(Diemersfontein pioneered the amazing 'coffee & chocolate style' of Pinotage and it was voted 1st choice of readers of The Cape Times which proclaimed it “the Peoples’ Pinotage”)
(Bellevue grew and made the world’s 1st varietal Pinotage in 1959 )
(1st winery to have 2 wines, this is one of them, in Pinotage 10 Competition)
(Kanonkop is South Africa’s ‘1st Growth’ says WINE Magazine)
Problem, as always, is sourcing the wines I wanted. I ordered some Reyneke, which is theolny biodynanically grown Pinotage but then the supplier cancelled theorder as they had only one bottle. And I couldn't get 4 bottles of NZ or California Pinotages either.