Holden Manz,

Cabernet Franc Reserve

Cabernet Franc,
Coastal Region,South Africa,
  • Greg Sherwood: 94
  • Jancis Robinson: 17


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

The 2018 Cabernet Franc Reserve from Holden Manz is somehow even more of a joy than the 2017 owing to the perfect growing conditions led to a lower yield but the best quality fruit ever produced by the winery and this was recognised by John Platter who bestowed it with the coveted Five Star award for the first time.

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: bb1662b7c5f2
In The Cellar
Harvested between 23rd March and 5th April 2018 compared with 28th March for the 2017 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 (80% new) with 10% whole cluster and allowed to ferment slowly using wild yeast at low temperatures. Post fermentation maturation of 97 days.

In The Vineyard
Winter 2017 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.
"The colour is deep, dark and opaque and the aromatics plush, luxurious and expressive with rich layers of violets, rum and raisin pipe tobacco, opulent red and black berry fruits, sun raisined black cherries, stewed black plums and a melange of red and black berry fruits macerated in liquor with a sweet cedar spice undertone that points the mind firmly towards Cabernet Franc. The palate matches the aromatic opulence pound for pound, unfurling across the mouth with notes of cherry kirsch liquor, sweet molasses, bruleed coffee beans and a smooth, creamy mouth-coating depth. Undoubtedly an impressive expression with plenty of muscle and horsepower but also an admirably creamy, harmonious precision. The perfect fine wine winter warmer." - Greg Sherwood MW.