Day two involved a ‘quick’ visit to Holden Manz which became a 7 hour marathon tasting of their full range and underlined what I’ve noticed recently which is a definite move towards the preservation of purity of fruit in the wines and away from the earthy characteristics that formerly dominated the reds. This was especially clear here to the extent where a famed (French) Wine Consultant described their Reserve Merlot as Pomerol in everything but origin as recently as the week prior to our visit.
On our third day we visited the two newest additions to our portfolio, Uva Miraand Natte Valleij, in Stellenbosch. Uva Mira are located 620 metres above sea level and produce tiny amounts of beguiling wines which, in my opinion, are some of the finest expressions of varietal and terroir outside of France. Natte Valleij, a family farm run by Alex Milner, are an incredibly innovative farm working with old vine single vineyard plots of Cinsault made using minimal intervention methods and we had the pleasure of trying the new vintages from barrel (or concrete egg) including a brand new one off wine sourced from a vineyard planted in the 1950s… watch this space.
Our final day was spent at Moreson Wine Farm in Franschhoek whose winemaker, Clayton Reabow, boasts the honour of having just been named Winemaker of the Year for 2019. Tasting the 2017 vintage of his Mercator Chardonnay (our best selling Chardonnay) is testament to why but I was also particularly taken with the new vintage of The Huntress Pinot Noir, a juicy little number which will certainly be a Burgundy botherer when it arrives on our next shipment from them in the coming months.