When I drink a wine as well rested like the Holden Manz Cabernet Franc 2013, I am always amazed at the way the cork comes out clean and when I pour the wine it is gem bright in the glass. Enough of an invitation to get your nose in the glass and begin the process of drinking liquid ruby. Holden Manz is in the southeast corner of the Franschhoek Wine Appellation. At Holden Manz, the harvest of 2013 was a happy one in that the tons per hectare harvested were good as was the quality of the grapes. Best quality bunches were sorted out for a wine like this which would receive special care in the cellar. The bunches were destalked, crushed and then the berries had a 5-day cold maceration soak before fermentation. Once dry the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was then taken to French oak barrels, 30% of which were new and the balance 2nd and 3rd fill barrels for 19 months. The wine was then prepared for bottling. With the recent announcement of the third annual Cabernet Franc Challenge, this premium wine producer from Franschhoek has yet again proven that it’s Cabernet Franc wines are a force to be reckoned with. An interesting note about Cabernet Franc is that it is a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, the other being Sauvignon Blanc, The result of a vineyard crossing in the 1600s.
Bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle, appropriate for a wine which has its origins in Bordeaux. In the glass, it is a gem bright ruby at the core which pales out to garnet at the edges. I love the herbaceous note in amongst the red and black berries and cherries. The oak is diligently applied and supports the fruit beautifully. From entry, a generosity of fruit. Big mid palate and long silken scarf ending. In perfect balance the fruit, the oak, the thread of acidity, the tannins which make their presence felt in a very more-ish kind of way.
This is a fine food wine. It needs to be chilled for about 30 minutes and then glugged into a decanter to aerate it before serving. Pairs beautifully with any form of red meat, particularly now when people are going hunting and venison becomes available. It is excellent as a post prandial bottle with a bar of good dark chocolate when serious matters like rugby scores are philosophically discussed.
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