In 2003 the Rangaka family, proprietors of M’hudi Wine, the only black, family-owned vineyard in South Africa, left their successful professional careers and moved to the Western Cape of Africa in search of a new life. After several months of searching, they finally settled on a 42-hectare wine and fruit farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
M’hudi is derived from the Setswana word, “mohudi” meaning “harvester”. It is also the name given to the heroine of a great African story. In the story, M’hudi flees her war-ravaged village in search of a new beginning. Along the way she finds friends and fosters life-long relationships. M’hudi’s story is one of courage, determination against seemingly impossible odds and the relentless pursuit of one’s dreams and aspirations. It is really the story of South Africa today and one from which M’hudi Wines draws immense inspiration.
In the glass, this wine displays a youthful, deep red colour, and on the nose, it is intensely aromatic, exhibiting plums and prunes. Underlying spiciness and hints of vanilla further add to the complexity. On the palate the wine is well structured with fine grain tannins balanced by sweet fruit. It is flavorful with good length and integrated oak. This combination should allow the wine, under good storage, to develop for up to 10 years, but it can also be enjoyed now.
It complements rich food including most game dishes, coq au vin, and various cuts of steak. It also goes well with savory cheeses and even dark chocolate.