Chenin blanc from the Breedekloof Valley where fruit purity and freshness are always ever present. Aromas of pear, white peach and lime on thenose. A juicy palate with flavors of cantaloupemelon and papaya, following through with a crispdry finish. Great with Chicken Caesar Salad or lemon and herb spatchcock chicken.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tinashe’s career in hospitality began as a waiter at the Roundhouse Restaurant in Cape Town, followed by a wine steward position at One&Only Cape Town’s contemporary Asian restaurant Nobu, where he was soon promoted to Sommelier. After receiving the Reaching for Young Stars Best Wine Steward Award in 2013, Tinashe was in the spotlight as the one to watch. His next career role was head sommelier at the famed Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, followed by five years at Africa’s top restaurant, The Test Kitchen. It was at this acclaimed fine-dining restaurant where the affable ‘wine whisperer’ won the Eat Out Wine Service Award in 2016.
After a formidable career in the South African hospitality industry, working at some of Africa’s finest hotels and restaurants, respected sommelier Tinashe Nyamudoka was ready for new beginnings. Since relocating to Johannesburg, Tinashe – an accomplished master blender – is set to entrench his own wine brand, Kumusha Wines, into the South African market, as well as further afield.
Tinashe is an executive board member of non-profit organisation the Black Cellar Club (BLACC) and is part of TeamZIM that participated in the World Blind Wine Tasting Championships in 2017 and 2018. He holds a Diploma from the Cape Wine Academy, a WEST Level 3, a Certificate from the Court Of Master Sommeliers Europe, a Certificate in Wine Business Management (GSB UCT) and a Micheal Fridjohn Wine Judging Academy certificate.
He is a Wine Jury at Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards, Germany, a wine panelist for Wine Of The Month Club, a regular judge in South Africa, tasting on the Michelangelo wine and spirits awards, the Chenin Blanc top 10 Challenge and Platter Awards Five Star panel.
Winery/Producer: Kumusha Wines – Tinashe Nyamudoka
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Style: White, dry
Origin: Breedekloof, Breede River Valley, Western Cape, South Africa
Vinification: Sustainable and dry farming practices. The grapes are harvested from 2 vineyards – the first, 380m above sea level, dry land farmed and the other a 38-year-old vineyard. The wine is then fermented and matured for a total of 7 months on its gross lees. Vegan friendly.
Aging: Aged 20% of the wine in large oak casks (Foudres) for 6 months and 80% in a combination of stainless and concrete until bottling.
% ABV: 13%