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Grapes for the Holden Manz Chenin Blanc 2019 were hand-selected from three vineyards in the Stellenbosch/Paarl border area and from Perdeberg. 100% from bush vines over 40 years old. Harvested during the period 12 to 27 February 2019. Berries were cooled to 5°C prior to a Champagne crush cycle. Clarified juice was transferred by gravity to barrels and tanks for fermentation. Wild yeast fermentation with 20% vinified and matured for 6 months in a mix of new and second-fill French oak barrels. All the wine was stirred continually on the fine lees. Bottled September 2019. Bottled at 12.5%. (Bottle size 750ml)
Nose: An elegant, perfumed example of Chenin Blanc with symphonic notes of white peaches, orange zest, jasmine, citrus, freshly cut Granny Smith apple, white flowers and a whiff of river pebbles. Hints of buttered toast and the faintest expression of oak.
Palate: A beautiful elegance to this wine. Medium bodied with zingy acidity. On the palate fresh fruit on entry such as pear, quince and peach. Opens up to honeysuckle and jasmine on the mid-palate.
Finish: Lingering flavours of honeydew melon, persimmon and fresh ginger.
Located in the top, southernmost corner of the Franschhoek Valley, the Holden Manz wine estate is named after owners Gerard Holden and Migo Mans who first arrived in South Africa in the 1990s. Winemaker Thierry Haberer grew up in Corsica, completing his studies at the University of Bordeaux in 2004. His experience includes working as a freelance winemaker at Anthonij Rupert Cellar (South Africa), Rudd Estate (USA) and Katarzyna Estate (Bulgaria). In 2008 he joined forces with one of France’s best-known wine consultants, Michel Rolland before moving to South Africa a few years later.