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Aslina by Ntsiki Biyela Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2020

3.750000000 star rating 4 Reviews
Ntsiki’s Western Cape blend has thrashed some impressive rivals in a previous Champions tasting and won again in 2023. This poised Stellenbosch cabernet can only add to her trophy cabinet.
Price: £17.00 Bottle
Price: £102.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SA18551

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2026
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, agglomerate

Aslina Wines

KwaZulu-Natal born Ntsiki Biyela won a scholarship to study oenology and viticulture at Stellenbosch University then made her name at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch, picking up several awards along the way. She bottled her first Aslina wine in 2013, and the range now includes a cabernet, a Bordeaux-style blend, Umsasane, a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc. Aslina is a tribute to her late grandmother who inspired and supported her. Fruit is sourced to the desired style and the wines are made at Koelenhof in Stellenbosch. When she is not making and promoting her own wines both at home and abroad, she is an active industry spokeswoman, and sits on the Board of the Pinotage Youth Development Academy which provides education and training to underprivileged young people to prepare them for work in the wine and hospitality industries.

JancisRobinson.com

Deep crimson. Pure, intense, minty, very slightly leafy, and blackcurrant. Benchmark South African cabernet. Polished but true cabernet tannins, deep but not heavy. Highly drinkable and finishes clean and ...
Deep crimson. Pure, intense, minty, very slightly leafy, and blackcurrant. Benchmark South African cabernet. Polished but true cabernet tannins, deep but not heavy. Highly drinkable and finishes clean and fresh. 16.5/20
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Julia Harding MW

decanter.com

South Africa's first female black winemaker (her first vintage was 2014), Ntsiki Biyela named her Aslina label after her grandmother. Biyela grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and spent a year as a domestic worker...
South Africa's first female black winemaker (her first vintage was 2014), Ntsiki Biyela named her Aslina label after her grandmother. Biyela grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and spent a year as a domestic worker before being offered a scholarship to study winemaking in 1999. She has worked harvests in Bordeaux and Tuscany, and her winemaking philosophy draws on this experience. This accomplished Cabernet contains 15% Petit Verdot, and underwent fermentation in stainless steel before ageing in used oak barrels for 14 months. It's a charming, harmonious wine, with fresh, fragrant black fruits, well-integrated oak and a hint of menthol. Super enjoyable now but will also develop over the next five or so years. 91/100
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Amy Wislocki

2017 vintage reviews

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