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ASLINA Umsasane (2019)

71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot


Sold in case of 6 x 750ml

36 in stock

In short

A beautiful deep dark colour. Complex nose with different layers of black fruits, hints of earthiness, black currants and dark chocolate. Good bold structure, soft ripe tannins, good balance of wood, acid and fruit giving this wine a long lingering finish. Best Enjoyed with juicy lamb or steak. Alc: 14.% TA: 5.9 RS: 1.7g/l


In her own words “Aslina is the realization of a dream for South Africa’s first black woman winemaker”. From humble beginnings in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Ntsiki Biyela has smashed through the glass ceiling in the traditionally male dominated industry. She was working as a domestic worker after finishing school when she received a bursary to study Viticulture at the University of Stellenbosch as a result of her ability in the field of science. She dived into the opportunity and worked her way up the ranks, spending 13 years at Stellekaya (which means Home of the Stars) before launching her own label, Aslina, in 2016. The label is dedicated to Ntsiki’s grandmother, who was her greatest influence instilling in her strength and determination. This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc and petit Verdot. Umsasane being an umbrella tree, grandmother’s nickname. As umbrella tree gives shade and protect what is under it, so as grandmother’s characters to all who were near her. The bold structure, smoothness and complexity of this wine relates to the characters of Aslina, as the matriarch of the family.

In the vineyard
The grapes were handpicked in March 2019 at optimum ripeness.
In the cellar
The wine kept in barrels for 16 months, matured separately in French oak barrels. 20% of the wine in 1st fill barrels, 50% in 2nd fill and 30% in 3rd fills. Bottled in December 2020.
Pairing suggestions
A juicy red meat cut. Ideally a steak, rack of lamb or venison fillet