Aslina "Umsasane" Red Blend
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Aslina "Umsasane" Red Blend - 2019

Item # 40083 750mL
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$371.88 $334.69/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Winemaker Ntsiki Biyela has an incredible history as the first female black winemaker in South Africa. Her new label, Aslina, is named in honor of her grandmother. She uses fruit from the Western Cape to make this full-bodied red blend that shows layers of complex fruit, spice and cocoa notes. The wine spends 16 mos in oak (40% new).


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Staff Pick Notes

A delicious Bordeaux style blend from Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa's first black female winemaker. “Umsasane” is the local name for the umbrella acacia tree, which was also the nickname of Ntsiki's grandmother Aslina, a constant source of inspiration to her. Ntsiki's journey from rural Kwazulu-Natal to the Western Cape's famed wine world is a compelling story, but let's talk about how great her wine is. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot is a knockout that could easily pass for a high class Médoc. Ripe red and black plums, smooth tannins, balanced acidity, bold vanilla, and tobacco notes with a long finish that creates a plush, comforting experience. It paired amazingly with roast beef and would be a perfect foil for steak and potatoes.

- MM

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