Aslina, Chardonnay
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Aslina, Chardonnay - 2019

Item # 40680 750mL
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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. The Chardonnay is a pale straw color and full of lush yellow fruit with minerality and brilliant acidity.


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I've been really impressed with the wine coming out of South Africa these days. Aslina in particular is a brand to look out for. Founded by Ntsiki Biyela, the country's first Black female winemaker, Aslina is named for her grandmother who's been a major inspiration in her life. Needless to say, growing up in Mahlabathini, a semi-rural town in KwaZulu-Natal on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Biyela didn't have much exposure to wine. She won a scholarship to the University of Stellenbosch and then spent years at Stellakaya. Earning numerous awards along the way, she has become a superstar. All her wines are excellent, but I love the Chardonnay. It has an Old World, Burgundian vibe with notes of pear, citrus, wet stone and a hint of oak.

- ALM

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