Lubanzi Red Blend 2015
This is a new brand—yet to be released, and one that I see as part of the growing trend combining wine and philanthropy. Cape Venture was founded by two young men who fell in love with South Africa’s rugged wine scene. They have pledged to give 50% of the winery’s profits to back the Pebbles Project, an NGO that works with the low-income families who live and work on South Africa’s wine farms. A slightly unruly blend of 46% Shiraz, 32% Cinsault, 20% Mourvedre and 3% Grenache, it’s positively brimming with musky black cherries, spiced apple rings, fig newtons, earth, sweet tobacco, and a whiff of vanilla. It’s leaner than expected, with a savory palate built around a core of high-toned sour cherries and fine tannins. Lubanzi wines should be available soon at Whole Foods.