2020 Kumusha Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape
Region: Western Cape < South Africa
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified Sustainable. Sourced from 4-hectare vineyard called Opstal in Western Cape at 300 meters above sea level with soils of ancient sandstone; de-stemmed, free-run juice then rests in stainless steel tanks on its gross lees for 4 months before bottling with minimal added So2; 12% ABV
Winemaker: Tinashe NyamudokFounder and winemaker Tinashe Nyamudoka has deep Sommelier roots and a vision of low-intervention wines from South Africa that embody the terroir of Africa. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tinashe’s career in hospitality began as a waiter and worked his way through the Somm ranks in Cape Town before starting his own wine project in 2017. “For Black Africans, wine is not historically part of our culture,” he says. “I wanted to create a wine to help change that.” He cites some
of the talented young producers in Swaartland who have moved in the direction of making more natural, lower alcohol, lower intervention wines as his inspiration. And so Kumusha is all about minimal intervention winemaking and natural fermentation, which he says "let's the wine be free to do the talking of its origin". These are wines that Tinashe would not only like to drink himself, but wines that, from his experience as a sommelier, are representative of what is leading the way for the style of South African wines.
We're digging his classic Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape that is super crisp and clean, with punchy grapefruit, grass and green apple, and finishes with a lightening bolt of acidity. Not quite as green and spicy as New Zealand SB, and without the infamous cat pee, this one is pure South Africa, a beautiful and authentic reflection of its place. Loire Valley SB lovers take note, the Kumusha gives you subtle Sancerre feels at a fraction of the price.