38% Merlot, 31% Shiraz (Syrah), 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc. Fairtrade Certified, Sustainably farmed, Unfiltered. Suitable for Vegans.
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.
VINIFICATION: The Vernissage is produced using grapes exclusively from the Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek. A blend of 35% Shiraz, 33% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon which spent 18 months in 3rd fill 225 liter French oak barrels. Berries undergo a relatively short cold maceration before being fermented in steel tanks prior to post-fermentation maceration.
TASTING NOTES: Brilliant bright ruby red center. Nose shows prune juice, raspberries, cherries, mulberry, cigar box, white peppercorns and strawberry sherbet. Beautiful ripe, soft and silky tannins with good balance and a lingering finish. Cassis, ripe raspberries, tobacco, herbaceous notes and pencil shavings are prominent.
FOOD PAIRING: Pair with slow-cooked lamb stew or your favorite pizza/pasta dish.