Holden Manz is a family owned wine producer located in the heart of the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Established by owners Gerard Holden & Migo Manz in 2010 the estate grows cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and syrah and sources a selection of white varietals from specialist growers.
Magnum of Merlot Reserve
Coastal Region,South Africa,
Bottle size: 1500 ml,
In The Cellar
Hand selected bunches underwent individual berry selection to ensure only the best fruit was fermented. 100% of the fruit was fermented as berries in barrel. All fermentation was spontaneous (wild) with no commercial yeast added. 60 days post fermentation maceration. Matured for 22 months in 70% new French oak barrels. Bottled 2 May 2020. Limited production of 163 x 1.5l magnum bottles and 2,016 750ml bottles.
In The Vineyard
Winter 2016 was a continuation of the drought. Spring brought showers which assisted early growing. These continued through until December. Not a particularly windy vintage allowed the bunches to develop well. February and March were noteworthy for a lack of heatwave; long cool nights and pleasant late summer days which contributed to exceptional ripeness. This was our latest harvest time for a few years. Our 2018 wines are concentrated with dense flavours and good structure.
Colour: Dark garnet with a bright red rim. Nose: Black cherry dominates with blackberry, subtle cedar, fynbos and wild fig. Palate: Full bodied. Black cherries and plum on entry with a complex mid-palate and a mocha finish – very moreish! Soft round tannins with long velvety fruity finish.