Aslina 'Umsasne' Red Blend 2019

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Aslina 'Umsasne' Red Blend 2019

Regular price $36.00
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Country South Africa
Region Western Cape
Sub-Region Stellenbosch
Farming Sustainably Certified  
Soil Sandy Clay/ varying soils
Blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Alcohol 14%
Size 750 ML
Pairings Braised beef short ribs, Beef tenderloin, Stuffed mushroom caps

This red blend is rich and elegant, with prominent black fruit qualities and spice.  On your palate you'll feel the broadness and depth of the wine, balanced with just the right amount of acidity and tannin. I often admit that I'm not much of a red wine drinker (what can I say? Sparkling and high acid whites are just my jam) but the Aslina Reds are DAMN good...like, really freaking delicious. If you're looking for a sure thing, this is it. 

...also Disclaimer: I'm pretty obsessed with Aslina wines and this bottle is no exception. Her wines are smaller production and DO sell out. Grab a bottle while you can :)

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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