27 Oct Please The Palate Wine of the Week: Aslina 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
As I sautéed shrimp this week for dinner, I was looking for a zesty, fresh, crisp wine to pair with it. I opened up Aslina 2020 Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa. Not only did I enjoy the wine on its own, as well as paired with the shrimp, I also love everything about this winery. That is why the Aslina 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa is the Please The Palate wine of the week.
Aslina Wines is owned by Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first Black female winemaker and winery owner who was nominated as Winemaker of the Year for Wine Enthusiast‘s Wine Star Awards. Ntsiki launched Aslina Wines in 2016 and named it in memory of her grandmother Aslina. Ntsiki’s philosophy is to produces wines to “reflect nature’s offerings as closely as possible, merely providing a light hand of guidance to bring out their innate beauty.”
The Aslina 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a pure expression of the aromatic grape. On the nose, there are bright notes of green grass, citrus, lemon zest, green apple, tropical pineapple notes, and minerality. The wine spends four months on the lees which adds texture to the wine. On the palate, the wine is fresh and bright with zesty acidity but also has a lovely complexity and depth.
Enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese and crackers or shellfish. No matter what you pair with the wine, for $20, the Aslina 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa is a perfect wine to perk up any night.