Holden Manz,


Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Syrah,
Coastal Region,South Africa,
  • Jancis Robinson: 16


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

A bold blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot and Malbec. Dollops of violets, spiced quince and tomato bredie, with whiffs of fynbos and herb garden on a hot sunny afternoon. The tannins are firm yet refined and exquisitely round off the aromas of spice and fresh plum.

Matured for 22 months in 20% New French Oak 225L barrels, 80% 2nd and 3rd fill French Oak 225L barrels before blending and bottling.

We’re huge fans of the wines from Holden Manz and having visited this stunning estate we can assure you… this is off the chart!

Category: SKU: 53-1
In The Cellar
Grapes were selected from distinct parcels with varying soil types. This complexity in growing has resulted in a wonderful intricacy in the wine. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness to enable the correct balance between sugar and phenolic components. Individual varieties were bunch and berry sorted, crushed and destalked to tank. Fermentation was initiated after 5 day cold soaking. Minimal additions were made to preserve the true cultivar characteristics of the grapes.

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 garnet in colour with a bright red edge. Nose: Brimming with red and black berries and mulberry flavours, with subtle notes of pencil shavings, graphite, spicy white pepper, biltong and violets in early spring. Palate: Smooth elegant focused palate with mid-palate ripeness and spicy supple finish. Red and black fruits dominate balanced with a graphite steeliness. The tannins are soft and refined and exquisitely round off the aromas of spice and fresh plum. Savoury, layered complexity with lots of finesse. The multiple components of Visionaire allow each to show off its own unique characters while combining to produce an experience greater than the parts – each varietal a celebrated soloist combining with the orchestra of the blend!