Holden Manz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Franschhoek, South Africa, 2017
An intense nose filled with notes of blackberry, blueberry, pencil shavings, pipe tobacco and lesser notes of cassis. A whiff of dried pine needles and cedar complement the magnificent fruit and hints of five spices.
These grapes were selected from specific parcels with varying soil types. This complexity in growing has resulted in a wonderful intricacy in the wine. Grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to enable the correct balance between sugar and phenolic components. Individual batches were bunch and berry sorted, crushed and destalked to tank. Natural fermentation started after 7 days cold soaking. The wine was matured in 225 litre French oak barrels for 18 months. 30% first fill and 70% 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
Treat yourself, it’s the least you deserve, and pair with wood grilled chateaubriand steak with Lyonnaise potatoes. Thyme roasted wild mushrooms and grilled polenta. Or if visiting the farm in Franschhoek their famous Wagyu burger!
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