HOLDEN MANZ BIG G 2013
39% Merlot 31% Cabernet Franc 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Intense, concentrated, red centre turning into a ruby, red edge.
Strong explosion of black cherry, cassis and strawberry fruit and chocolate flavours, backed by hints of cigar box. Strong, black pepper and spice also present in the bouquet.
Elegant yet full bodied with a firm, ripe tannin structure backed by a well layered graphite finish. Mid palate is full of dark fruit with long and lingering flavours.
The individual varieties were handpicked and sorted allowing only the best berries to be used for this wine. Selected blocks in the vineyard were allocated to be used in making the Big G. The separate batches underwent malolactic fermentation in 30% new and 70% old French oak barrels after which the wines were aged for a further 18 months in the same barrels. After a total of 23 months of ageing, only barrels with a certain level of quality were selected. The result, a full bodied, structured, and balanced Bordeaux Blend.
This full and balanced structure ensures excellent ageing potential of up to 10 years.
Beef entrecôte grilled over vine coals and served with tartiflette – finished with a fine béarnaise. Oven roasted quail dressed with Parma ham and stuffed with star anise and couscous. Slow braised beef short ribs served with roasted parsnip puree enriched with butter, cream and a touch of nutmeg.