Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Celebrate Kwanzaa With House of Mandela Wines

Kwanzaa is right around the corner. As you get ready for your celebrations and freasts, pick up a few bottles of House of Mandela Wines.

When you hear the name Mandela, you probably think immediately think of Nelson Mandela. As a way to keep his legacy alive, Mandela's daughter, Makaziwe Mandela, and his granddaughter Tukwini Mandela, started House of Mandela Wines. While some people may be surprised that the Mandela family is in the wine business, they believe that it goes hand in hand with what their family stands for. Their company has made a commitment to give back to the community. A part of the proceeds from the wine are donated to the House of Mandela Family Foundation and Africa Rising Foundation.

Instead of starting a winery from the ground up, the Mandela's source their wine from established winemakers in the Western Cape area of South Africa. Every detail about the wine has been thought about from where the grapes that are sourced to the labels on the bottles. All of the wines come from fair-trade farms. The wineries that farm and blend the House of Mandela Wines are Thelema, Hartenberg, and Fairview.

The wines are currently in limited distribution, but you can get the chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon from their Thembu Collection at Zachy's. The Thembu Collection gets it name from the Mandela family's royal linage.

House of Mandela Chardonnay, 2014 

The Thembu Collection

Tasting Note:

Critrusy and light with a hint of spice. Apples abound on the palate, softened by a creamy oak texture. Well integrated and balanced with a full mouth feel.

House of Mandela Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014
The Thembu Collection

Tasting Note: 

Intense dark berries, tobacco, and chocolate. Fresh fruit bursts on the palate, well-balanced with supple texture and smooth on the finish.

The wines are the perfect selection for any of the seven days of Kwanzaa. Even if you don't celebrate the holiday there are many reasons to check out this wine. South Africa is really stepping up their wine game and House of Mandela Wines is a part of the movement. Above all else, the wines are really good. Need I say more? Cheers!

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