Aslina Chardonnay 2021
Regular price $23.00
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Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Sub-Region Stellenbosch
Farming Sustainably Certified  
Soil Sandy Clay/ varying soils
Variety 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol 13.5%
Size 750 ML
Pairings Crab cakes, sage butter roasted chicken, cheese board

I am OBSESSED with the incredible Aslina wines made by Ntsiki Biyela and her  Chardonnay is no exception. This wine is a classic. Ntsiki has crafted a super delicious, well-balanced Chardonnay -- the opposite of all the clumsy ultra oaked, ultra "buttery" Chardonnays in the market. Expect some light oak influence in addition to beautiful tropical and limey/ citrus notes. It's restrained and elegant and you should buy it before it sells out!

About the Producer
Ntsiki Biyela the first black woman winemaker in South Africa. She is a pioneer, an icon, and an inspiration, with one hell of a story...

Ntsiki grew up herding cattle in Mahlabathini, a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, under the care of her grandparents. After graduating from high school, her grants for college were not approved, so she took a job as a domestic worker. A year later, when her former teacher told her about a winemaking scholarship, she jumped at the opportunity and began studying at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Despite so many obstacles (like her classes being taught in Afrikaans - a language she didn't speak!) she persevered. Ntsiki graduated in 2003 with a BSc in Agriculture (Viticulture and Oenology) and joined boutique winery Stellekaya as their winemaker the following year. In 2009 she was named South Africa's Woman Winemaker of The Year.

In 2016 Ntsiki launched Aslina Wines to pursue her vision for South African winemaking and in 2017 she was named one of the year's Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune.

Her brand "Aslina" is named after her beloved late grandmother who was, and remains, Ntsiki's inspiration.

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