One Good Bottle

By Betsy Andrews

Published on February 19, 2014

Mandela Royal Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Mandela Royal Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Nelson Mandela, the activist who became South Africa's first postapartheid president, died this past December at 95. One way to honor his legacy is, surprisingly, with wine. The grapes in House of Mandela Royal Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 ($50), from Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah and Tukwini Mandela, his daughter and granddaughter, are sourced from sustainable family farms with fair labor practices; a portion of the profits goes to fighting poverty. Says Makaziwe, "My father always said that as long as we act with integrity and honesty, he blesses everything we do." Rich with blackberry and oaky vanilla flavors, this high-minded, lovely cabernet does feel like a blessing.

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