Franschhoek, South Africa
Wine Advocate 91 points!
Holden Manz wine estate is located above the Franschhoek valley overlooked by magnificent mountains which stand guard over the beautiful valley below. Situated between the Franschhoek & Stony Brook rivers, this 22-hectare wine estate, with its fertile and dark loam soils, produces superb wines in a state-of-the-art cellar.
Showing subtle aromatics of spice and pepper notes, with enchanting black fruit on the nose, this dark, ruby red wine is well balanced with great volume. Rich and elegant red fruit with dark berry nuances dance on the palate, while a long finish hints of mocha and further spice. Wood is well integrated, resulting in pleasantly subtle tannins.
"The 2014 Cabernet Franc has a pleasant, quite floral bouquet with iris and incense aromas infiltrating the black fruit, one of the most attractive that I tasted from Holden Manz. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a core of lovely red and black fruit laced with orange zest and white pepper. I appreciate the way this just flows, its harmony and the precision on the finish, far and away the best offering that I tasted from this Stellenbosch producer."-Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 91 points!
Enjoy Holden Manz Cabernet Franc over the next 8-10 years with slow-braised beef short ribs served with roasted parsnip puree enriched with butter, cream and a touch of nutmeg.