Cape Venture Lubanzi Red 2017

This is a new brand , and one that I see as part of the growing trend combining wine and philanthropy. They called their wines Lubanzi after a stray dog that attached himself to the adventurous friends while they were hiking along the Wild Coast.

Cape Venture was founded by two young Americans who fell in love with South Africa’s rugged wine scene and decided to make it their business , but also their mission to uplift those in need, through their success.

They have pledged to give 50% of the winery’s profits to back the Pebbles Project. Their money spent with Pebbles goes back to two projects currently. The first is sponsoring medical and dental care for the children who live on Leeuwenkuil’s farm near Malmesbury. That includes access and transportation to the Pebbles’s clinic as well as visits to the farm from an oral hygienist.

The other portion goes to supporting Pebbles’s Early Learning Development centres. The mission and values of Lubanzi seem to help the brand stick with customers and keep them coming back, customers are excited to find brands that share their values and outlook on the world, in a way that goes beyond the wine.

Western Cape, South Africa
Shiraz 39%, Grenache 34%, Mourvèdre 15%, Cinsault 9%. Faire Trade Wine.

This playful, easy-drinking blend is ripe and fruit-forward, offering oodles of black plum, cherry and currant tones that are hit by accents of blackcurrant leaf and bramble. The juicy palate boasts soft tannins and bright acidity, resulting in a clean, mouthwatering finish.


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