Experience: 3.5/5
Wines: 4/5

You won’t find Nala Premium in the 2018 Platter’s Guide. There’s little on the website too and so I was intrigued to go to the Monday evening tasting at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs. Nala Premium is a relatively new project for the chemical engineer owner (around 18 months) who sources wine from a top Stellenbosch cellar to bottle under the Nala Premium label. Nala is named after the ‘Prosperity’ that flows from Lesotho. The brand logo is simple yet classic: a contoured oak leaf with the letter N.


Just 3 wines are produced and all 3 were available for tasting. The Sauvignon Blanc had a great balance of tropical fruit salad and green herbaceous aromas to give good complexity – pineapple, guava, gooseberry and green bell pepper. I liked the intensity too and thought the wine was very lightly wooded as there were subtle undertones. Instead, host Samantha explained that the wine had spent some time on the lees. This gave it a rounded and slightly creamy texture that was pleasant.


The Merlot was my favourite wine, but only just, and a good Merlot is hard to find. At excellent value for R125, this was a classic Merlot and light in style. The intensity of cassis, red cherry and pencil shaving notes was vibrant and welcoming. The notes followed through well to the palate, with opening tannins that were soft and silky. I would have preferred the wine served a little cooler.


I rated the Cabernet Sauvignon as highly as the Merlot. This was another delicious wine and classic of its cultivar. Fuller bodied than the Merlot, plush and lush berry aromas of mulberry, cassis, blackberry and oak invited. The wine was lighter on the palate than expected and good for it. Many Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignons are heavy in mouthfeel, ideal for red meat, but sometimes I prefer the lighter Old World style with its greater subtlety and delicacy.


I liked the Nala Premium wines. A Sauvignon Blanc, a Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon but each made with quality and with a twist. The wines are good value too for their price, can be purchased by the case (6 bottles) online, and especially coming from the Stellenbosch region. Nala is definitely worth a buy.

Wines tasted (bought *):         


2015 Nala Premium Sauvignon Blanc – R95


2014 Nala Premium Merlot – R125 FAVOURITE WINE
2014 Nala Premium Cabernet Sauvignon – R145

Review by Cape Wine Lovers’ Society:


You can now find our prestige wine offering at the following outlets and restaurants:

  • Ultra Liquors : Western Cape – George, Wynberg, Greenpoint. Gauteng – Pretoria Hazelwood, Johannesburg Corlett Drive
  • MelkbosKitchen
  • Knife
  • Cafe Roux
  • House of H
  • RT’s Pub & Grill
  • The Drinkery



Christian Edes after graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, Eedes joined Wine magazine in 2000 and served as editor between May 2008 and December 2009. He has completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. His experience includes tasting for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Platter’s South African Wine Guide in addition to various other local and international competitions.

Herewith are his tasting notes and rating on Nala Premium wines:

Nala Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2015
85% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon, 4% Nouvelle. Green pepper, Granny Smith apple and some cantaloupe plus a subtle herbal  edge. Fruity and fresh – pleasant enough.

#WinemagRating: 86/100.

Nala Premium Merlot 2014

Nala Premium Merlot 2014
Red and black fruit, no real green character, oak nicely judged. Medium bodied and fruit driven with soft tannins – most appealing.

#WinemagRating: 87/100.

Nala Preium Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Cassis and a hint of leafiness on the nose. The palate is light bodied with soft tannins but not entirely untrue to the variety – easy drinking.

#WinemagRating: 86/100.


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