A Zimbabwean based in South Africa has launched his gin in London. Joseph Dhafana launched his Mosi “WaMambo” Gin at an exclusive event.
He only produced 400 bottles. The gin consists of ingredients which were foraged in Chirumhanzu. It has Zumbani (Lipia Javanica), gavi remususu (silver leaf tree bark) muchokochiyana, sedzchuan, rooibos, buchu, ginger and Italian Juniper berries.
Dhafana said :”Thank you London and your lovely people, A huge thank you to Buffalo foundation, Hot Chillee events, Sven Thiele, Tim Hanley, Hein Koegeleberg, Jan Joubert, Lamotte wines Janno Briers-Louw , Simon A. Obholzer and all those to attended the first ever Mosi wine event at 67 Pall Mall which is the best posh wine club in London. Not forgetting all Mosi supporters back home. I love you all.”
Dhafana and his wife fled Zimbabwe 10 years ago to make a life in Cape Town, SA. Starting as a gardener, then barman and tasting his first glass of wine at age 29, enrolling at the Cape Wine Academy in 2013 and producing his own wine, Mosi Wines in 2014, with one tonne of grapes that he purchased from savings.
Subsequently he has unearthed an inane blind tasting skill, become a professional taster and is head sommelier at the internationally acclaimed La Colombe restaurant.