Franschhoek’s Holden Manz Wine Estate, Franschhoek’s hidden gem, continues its winning ways with 92 points awarded for its Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 in the 2018 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report at the new Zeitz Mocaa Contemporary African Art Museum in Cape Town last night.
This was the 7th annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report which attracted a record of 89 entries from 74 producers.
All wines were tasted blind by an experience panel of three judges chaired by Christian Eedes, the editor of Winemag.co.za.
A record 40 wines were ranked 90 points and above, indicative of the high quality of the 2015 vintage which dominated submissions.
Only 6 wines were ranked above 92 points, of which all but one were from the 2015 vintage.
The Holden Manz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 exudes luxury and finesse. Initial whiffs of red plums and raspberry give way to cassis.
Black liquorice, cedar and peppery spices combine on the palate with notes of cocoa dancing on top and a steely granitic underbelly.
Gerard Holden, Co-Proprietor of Holden Manz Wine Estate commented “The success of the Holden Manz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a clear demonstration of the quality of our terroir and the resulting ageing capacity for our red wines. The 2013 is developing beautifully and will continue to evolve over the next few years. Priced at only R160 per bottle, this wine is excellent value especially when compared against the average price for all the 92 point wines of over R350 per bottle.”
In what was a significantly dominated Stellenbosch competition it was good to see Franschhoek represented with other Franschhoek wines receiving recognition including La Bri Limited Release 2015 (89 points), Rickety Bridge The Bridge 2015 (89 points), Haut Espoir 2012 (88 points), Môreson Magia 2015 (88 points), Môreson Mata Mata 2016 (88 points) and Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve 2015 (88 points).
For more information on Holden Manz Wine Estate and its wines or to make a booking visit www.holdenmanz.com or phone +27 (0)21 876 2738. Also find them on Facebook @holdenmanz, Twitter @holdenmanz or Instagram @HoldenManzWineEstate