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/Syrah/Shiraz and sources a selection of white varietals from specialist growers.
Magnum of Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Coastal Region,South Africa,
Bottle size: 1500 ml,
In The Cellar
Berries were hand selected in the cool of the early morning. Following whole bunch pressing juice was allowed to rest to clarify before filling 225 litre French oak barrels (40% new barrels, 50% 2nd fill and the balance 3rd fill for fermentation). This Chardonnay was 100% barrel fermented, using natural yeast with extended lees contact and daily batonnage. As a result, the wine delivers a naturally fresh, creamy and crisp palate. Around 25% of this wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
In The Vineyard
The 2018 chardonnay grapes are 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. 2018 harvest was hot and dry leading to reduced yields.
Colour: Gold. Nose: A bright, flinty nose with lime, pink grapefruit, hazelnuts and fig. Palate: Six month’s lees contact adds a creaminess and complexity, presenting an appealing full mouth and length. Elegant flavours of citrus and white blossom, knit with a minerality, some salinity and complex acidity to provide a long, smooth finish.