Holden Manz,

Chardonnay Reserve

Western Cape,South Africa,
  • Jancis Robinson: 17.5
  • Platter's: 95


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Holden Manz’s third release of their Chardonnay Reserve is incredibly elegant and finessed with wonderfully sublet oak integration offering delicate notes of artisan vanilla ice cream spooned over sliced ripe green apple and honeydew melon.

Drop this into a blind tasting amongst Meursault or Montrachet around the same price and watch it go all ‘Judgement of Paris’ on ’em.

Category: SKU: e21e4e58ad9a
In The Cellar
Following harvesting on 28th February 2019 the berries are cooled to 5ºC prior to a whole bunch press using the “Champagne” press cycle. After clarifying over-night pressed juice was transferred to 225 litre French oak barrels (90% new barrels, 10% 2nd fill) for fermentation. Our Reserve Chardonnay was 100% barrel fermented, using natural yeast with extended lees contact and daily batonnage. We undertook a barrel selection of our 2019 Chardonnay production to create this exceptional wine. 100% of this wine underwent malolactic fermentation.

In The Vineyard
The 2019 chardonnay grapes were specially sourced and hand selected by our Cellar Master from a ridge overlooking the ocean in Somerset West and a high-altitude slope on the side of the Simonsberg Mountain. These two locations are both relatively cool but for different physical influences. They combine magnificently to produce a rounded well-balanced wine. Grapes were harvested in two separate pickings from Somerset West adding to the complexity. 2019 harvest was cooler with a pleasant ripening season with good yields and high quality grapes.
Colour: Bright deep lemon. Nose: Vanilla, lemon zest, pistachios, lime blossom. Palate: Extended lees contact adds a creaminess and complexity, presenting an appealing length of palette. Full mouth feel, crisp clean acidity highlighting ripe grapefruit and limes. Elegant flavours of Cape gooseberry, white peach and elderflower interwoven with complex acidity provide a long, smooth finish.