Situated at the top of the picturesque Franschhoek valley with spectacular mountain views, Holden Manz Wine Estate lies nestled amongst a selection of wine farms. This 22 hectare winery can be found between the Franschhoek and Stony Brook rivers and features lovely fertile, dark loam soils, a Mediterranean climate and a state-of-the-art winery. The recent addition of 50 kW of solar panels has significantly reduced energy consumption – a big step in their ongoing commitment to sustainable production practices.
Holden Manz Good Sport 2013
Holden Manz Good Sport is strictly speaking a Cape Vintage although it posesses many of the attributes of an LBV Ruby Port. Single estate syrah-based port style while is unusal in itself. Ruby red; intense explosion of berries, stewed rhubarb, candied fruit, hints of cassis on the nose. Smooth, soft entry on the palate with sweet fruits, a whiff of Sauterne, fynbos honeyed nougat and pleasant acidity. Rich and warm with long length and finish. Pair with a chocolate fondant desert, local cheeses or chilled with grilled figs, melted blue cheese and parma ham.
The berries for the 2013 Holden Manz Good Sport were chosen from a single block manicured to produce 6 tonnes per hectare. The grapes were left on the vine for two weeks after the rest of the syrah was picked to allow the sugars to concentrate. After 3 day of cold soak at 5°C, alcoholic fermentation was started. The wine was pressed directly to tank and fortified with brandy spirits to stop the natural fermenattion process and retain the natural sugar level then transferred from tank to 5 year old 500 litre French oak barrels and matured for 19 months before bottling and sealing by hand.