Holden Manz,

Cabernet Franc Reserve

Cabernet Franc,
Coastal Region,South Africa,


    Bottle size: 750 ml,

    In stock

    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 French Oak before bottling,  is rich, elegant and one of the finest expressions of Cabernet Franc you’re likely to find.

    Category: SKU: 32e05616c8ed
    In The Cellar
    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.

    In The Vineyard
    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.
    Colour: Deep ruby red – medium intensity. Nose: A subtly fragrant aromatic wine with raspberries, tobacco leaf, lavender and spice notes. Enchanting black fruit nose. Palate: Rich and elegant soft textured wine with predominant cassis and dark berries. Well balanced savoury flavours with good volume. Wood is well integrated, pleasantly subtle tannins. Balanced with a long finish with plenty of spice.