2015 Holden Manz Merlot Reserve

Estate: Holden Manz Wine Estate

Region: Franschhoek Valley, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa


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Tasting Note:December 21, 2018

Medium ruby red. Layered nose with black cherries, anise, graphite and a bit woody. Medium tannins (5.5/10) and medium plus bodied. Tons of wood on the palate with raspberries, dark bitter cocoa and gravel. Medium plus finish with solid acidity.


Drink Dates:

2017 till 2025.

Rating:

90 Points.

Price Point:

$$$ - Purchased at Norman Goodfellows in Johannesburg, average retail in the US is around $64.00.


Tasting Note:September 29, 2018

Deep ruby red with a hint of garnet. Dark nose with layers of blackberries, a little herbal, lavender, rosemary, black currants, touch of rubber and crushed rocks. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and medium plus to full bodied. A touch of heat with layers of purple flowers, blackberries, spiced, black currents and cherries. Long finish.


Drink Dates:

2017 till 2025.

Rating:

91 Points.

Price Point:

$$$ - Purchased at Norman Goodfellows in Johannesburg, average retail in the US is around $64.00.


Tasting Note:December 21, 2017

First of the reserve bottlings from Holden Manz and a Maiden vintage!

Super dark ruby red and a touch of garnet. Woody nose with cedar, sandalwood, cocoa, cinnamon, blackberries and a touch of perfume. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) with a medium plus body. A touch spicy on the palate with great balance, notes of blackberries and cinnamon too. Dry and long finish.


No rating on this wine since it was a day old. On day two would rate it between an 89 and 91 but would like to see it on day one.

Drink Dates:

2017 till 2025.

Rating:

N/A.

Price Point:

$$$ - Tasted at the estate, average retail is around $64.00.