House of Mandela Deep River Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
Rich aromas of plum, blackcurrant and hints of mint and vanilla. Very smooth texture and a lively fruity aftertaste; very soft tannin structure.
$20.00 / Bottle $240.00 / Case
SALE $9.99 / Bottle $119.88 / Case
House of Mandela is the brainchild of Dr. Makaziwe and Tukwini Mandela, the former president’s daughter and granddaughter, respectively. Founded in 2010, the company even earned an ancestral blessing before the anti-apartheid icon passed away at 95 in 2013.
House of Mandela does not own a winery; it operates as what the French would call a negociant firm, placing its stylistic stamp on wines that are farmed, blended and bottled to their specifications on contract at several estates. With the help of a London-based master of wine, an Afrikaner winemaker and a Swedish-born quality-control manager, the daughter-and-mother team – an active businesswoman and former executive director of the Development Bank of South Africa – met with 33 wineries before settling on three: Thelema, Hartenberg and Fairview (the latter of Goats do Roam fame).
This wine is made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 60% and 20% Merlot. Both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes were sourced from the Robertson Wine Valley. With a long term average rainfall of just 255mm per year, the Breede River supplies ample amounts of water for irrigation. These vineyards are planted in deep, rich Tukulu soil. The vineyards are under state of the art drip irrigation that allows us to maintain soil moisture levels optimally in order to produce top quality grapes for the Winemaker.
All grapes were picked at cool night time/early morning temperatures. Juice were fermented in Stainless steel fermenters with regular pump overs. After fermentation the wines were transferred into a French oak regime for 6 months prior to blending and bottling.