Holden Manz,

Big G

Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,
Franschhoek,South Africa,
  • Jancis Robinson: 16.5
  • Tim Atkin: 90


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

The 2015 vintage of Big G goes back to its roots, being comprised only of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. There’s an undeniable Bordeaux influence in the style of the wine, which has gone from strength to strength since winemaker Thierry Haberer came on board, whilst being unashamedly South African at the same time.

In The Cellar
The individual varieties were handpicked and sorted allowing only the best berries to be used for this wine. Selected blocks in the vineyard are allocated to be used in making the Big G. All grapes fermented wild; 10% barrel fermented in new wood.

In The Vineyard
Located in the top, southern-most corner of the Franschhoek Valley, in the embrace of its spectacular mountains, the 22 hectare Holden Manz Wine Estate is situated between the Franschhoek River and Stony Brook at 300 meters above sea level. An exclusive grower of red grapes, the Estate only cultivates its top 16 hectares under vineyards, notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. Long, cold and wet winters allow the vines to rest well, while hot dry summers and a gentle autumn allows for slow ripening. Featuring a rich and diverse terroir influenced by its unique natural surroundings, with 3 different soil types and a marked seasonal climate, the estate’s vineyards are perfectly suited to our intention – the production of ultra-premium wines made for the discerning wine connoisseur.
A bold and opulent expression, this expressive red is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot where the individual varieties were handpicked and sorted, allowing only the healthiest berries to be used for this wine. With specially selected blocks in the vineyards allocated to be used in making the Big G, all grapes were fermented naturally using wild indigenous yeast, with a 10% portion barrel fermented in new oak barrels. Always one of Holden Manz's most popular wines, this delicious 2018 continues the trend with lashings of ripe blackberry fruits, mulberry, black plum, crème de cassis, and sun-raisined black cherries dominating the fruit-forward aromatics before developing hints of dried herbs, vanilla pod, and cedar wood spice nuances. This is a substantial blend but also a wine that shows a soft, approachable tenderness, sweet integrated tannins, and a long, fruit-laden black and blueberry fruited finish with subtle hints of chocolate praline and mocha spice on the long, lingering finish. It's easy to see why this is perennially one of Holden Manz's most popular wines in their extensive range. Drink on release and over the next 5 to 8 years.