"Tea leaf and savoury aromas on the nose follows through with white pepper as the wine opens. Notes of black fruit, a hint of fynbos and black pepper comes through on the palate. The wine shows good acidity and fine tannins, with violets and sweet spice coming through as the wine opens up. Pairs well with venison and ribeye." Banele Vakele, Winemaker
A man on a mission, Banele Vakele of Tembela’s journey into wine is nothing short of extraordinary. Growing up in the township of Khayelitsha outside of Cape Town, he earned a scholarship to a smart Constantia high school and it was here, and a vineyard that his classroom overlooked that Banele used to stare on to at particular moments of ennui mid-class that so drew him to wine. Today, he now works as assistant winemaker for Duncan Savage in Salt River, where he makes his own wines. In Xhosa, Tembela means to have faith, hope and belief, all sentiments that his mother had in Banele's decision to pursue a career in wine. The wine label pays tribute to the things that are most important to Banele: women wearing traditional Xhosa attire carrying wine barrels, infusing two matters that are most important to him: his culture and his love of wine.