Notes: A complex blend of five different varietals, the wine is a lush, dark ruby colour, indicating a serious, yet still vibrant wine. The nose suggests equal parts fruit, savour, & spice, eliciting thoughts of plum, liquorice & a touch of ground coffee. The palate reflects on this, showing dark fruits at first, before soon giving way to lighter red fruits, such as strawberry & raspberry, which carry to the end. it finishes with a touch of spice & raw earth. Throughout it is soft with a slight presence of tannins, which is quickly countered by an elevated acidity.” Components: 39% Shiraz // 34% Grenache // 15% Mourvedre // 9% Cinsault // 3% Carignan Soil/climate: Decomposed granite & shale, mix of climate conditions
Definitely the choice for tomato based sauces with pasta dishes, pizza & burgers. A great red wine alternative for roasted chicken and pork or grilled fish.
In 2014, while living in South Africa as exchange students, we set off on a 20 hour bus ride along South Africa's southern coast en route to the wild coast, a remote part of the country - famously the birthplace of nelson mandela - for a week long backpacking expedition. On our second day, a wandering dog the locals called 'LUBANZI' began following us on our adventure. He stuck with us throughout our journey - for 6 days & 100 miles - until he disappeared in the middle of the night before our final morning. There's some poetic justice in that.
In the spirit of this adventure we returned to South Africa in 2016 endeavoring to launch a business that would connect people back home in America with a country and a people we had both been so struck by, and deliver some seriously top notch wines in the process. Together, we spent months in South Africa sourcing and developing our wine; We met with over 40 producers, ranging from small family run farms to large co-ops (independent growers banding together across huge regions), to wine negotiants and independent winemakers to source wine that could be part of what we were trying to build: a young, innovative, and socially responsible wine brand built on the concepts of collaboration & exploration, with a 'locally run, globally minded' mantra. We found those partners in our winemakers, Trizanne Barnard & Bruce Jack, & our designers, Fanakalo, who became friends and collaborators, and who have helped bring LUBANZI to life.
We felt it necessary the business be an avenue to deliver real and meaningful social impact back to a country so deserving of that commitment. As things kicked off, we became enamored with the idea of a more complete and equitable supply chain, which is why we partnered with The Pebbles Project, a not for profit that provides health & education resources to the families who live and work on South Africa's wine farms.
Lubanzi is the story of those partnerships, of our travels, and of this wandering dog in the middle of nowhere, who by some stroke of luck, brought it all to life. We hope our wine helps you make a home in the newest places, & an adventure out of the home you know by heart.
Jean Balmont Pinot Noir
Varietal:100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red - Light and Perfumed
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Vin de Franc
Notes: Small red fruits, spices and vanilla.
Producer: Jean Balmont
Winemaker: Mario Ercolino
Lamb, mild cheeses and salads. Light garnet in colour, a traditional characteristic of Pinot Noir.
This Jean Balmont Premium Pinot Noir is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Light pomegranate in color, a traditional characteristic of Pinot Noir. Wonderful aromas of small red fruits, spices and vanilla. An elegant and complex flavor. A perfectly ripe and silky Pinot Noir for those preferring a lighter, easy drinking red wine. This wine is exceptionally smooth, with soft, silky tannins, red fruit aromas and cherry flavors. A classic Pinot Noir made in a modern style. Great for lamb, mild cheeses and salads.
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