HOLDEN MANZ RESERVE SYRAH 2013
The 2013 harvest exceeded expectations in terms of both volume and quality. Although the crop was harvested later than usual and over a short time, the cold, wet winter constituted ideal weather conditions during the flowering and berry set period and moderate weather conditions during this harvest season contributed to the size and quality of this year’s harvest. It was also a particularly healthy year from a disease perspective. One of the most challenging yet rewarding of recent harvests 2013 provided the opportunity to hand select the best quality grapes for special treatment in the cellar.
Deep red color with amber edge
Floral with hints of violets combined with spices and white pepper.
An elegant wine demonstrating perfect balance between oak and our finest quality Syrah grapes. Plemty of dark fruit with good minerality and a long dry finish. Violet flavours linger on the palate.
Analysis: Alc: 14.43% • TA: 5.9 g/l • RS: 2.2 g/l • pH: 3.62
30% new French oak barrels (500L). 70% second and third fill French oak barrels (225L). 18 months ageing. 30% whole bunch fermented using wild yeast in 500L French oak barrels. Decant before serving. Good ageing potential.
24 hour slow cooked Karoo lamb belly with Tuscan white bean stew