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Aslina by Ntsiki Biyela 'Umsasane', Western Cape 2020
Predominantly Simonsberg cabernet sauvignon, with portions of cabernet franc and petit verdot, this is an elegant, well structured and cedary Bordeaux-style blend with plenty of fruit sweetness and freshness, and smooth, moreish finish.
Price: £19.00 Bottle
Price: £114.00 Case of 6
- Red Wine
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Now to 2028
- 14.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
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.
Black fruit flows from the glass offset by capsicum, rosemary, bay leaf and hedgerow. Well-integrated warm oak spice and tannin. 92/100