2017 Holden Manz, Cabernet Franc Reserve

Cape South Coast,South Africa,


Bottle size: 75cl,

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    “The 2017 Cabernet Franc Reserve from Holden Manz is somehow even more of a joy than previous vintages owing to the perfect growing conditions led to a lower yield but the best quality fruit ever produced by the winery.

    We were lucky enough to taste this wine over lunch with winemaker extraordinaire Thierry Haberer at the farm earlier this year and are delighted to have a 30 bottle allocation to share with you. Barely more than 2,500 bottles were produced and the wine, which spends 27 months in

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    CELLAR INFORMATION Harvested on 28th March 2017 compared with 12th March for the 2016 vintage. 100% barrel fermented using wild yeast before 22 months of maturation in a selection of French oak barrels. Selected bunches from our cabernet franc vineyard were berry sorted before a 10 day cold soak. Berries were transferred to French oak barrels (100% new) and allowed to ferment slowly using wild yeast at low temperatures. This wine consists of mainly free run juice with some juice from the heart of the press. VINEYARD INFORMATION Another drought vintage! Winter 2016 was cool with good early rains in June however this did not continue and August was warm and dry resulting in early bud burst. The re- occurrence of a strong south-easter at inopportune moments caused the berries to be smaller but with good colour, acidity and taste profile. A low disease index minimized spray intervention while maintaining a very healthy crop. The harvest season was noteworthy for its lack of heatwave; long cool nights and pleasant late summer days which contributed to exceptional ripeness. Our 2017 wines are concentrated with dense flavours and good colour.

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    South Africa


    Cape South Coast




    Holden Manz


    Cabernet Franc


    Cape South Coast

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    Producer Profile

    A family owned wine producer located in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley. Established by owners Gerard Holden (a British investment banker in another life) & Migo Manz in 2010. The 22ha estate is situated between the Franschhoek River and Stony Brook at 300m above sea level.  With only 16 ha under vine, their focus has always been red grape varieties, though their stellar white wines, from the reserve Chardonnay, to the Chenin Blanc, and now Semillon requires further inspection. Best you read the critic’s notes and taste, to see for yourself!