House of Mandela Royal Reserve Chardonnay
Pale, gold color with tinges of green. The nose shows typical aromatics of citrus and lime with light, toasted notes. Minerality on the nose, reflecting the cool terroir of the Elgin region and the microclimate of the vineyards on these rolling hills. Citrus, lime and brioche aromatics continue onto the mid-palate. The wine reflects a balance between fruit and natural acidity and the long finish shows balanced oak integration.
$45.00 / Bottle $540.00 / Case
SALE $17.99 / Bottle $215.88 / 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).