Holden Manz Leads the way with Cabernet Franc


The second South African Cabernet Franc Challenge recently took place on Wednesday 1 March, and results were announced at an awards-evening hosted by the spectacular Avontuur Estate in Stellenbosch.

Christine Rudman CMW led  the judging panel which reviewed 50 wines in a blind line-up – other members of the panel included Samarie Smith (experienced wine judge and journalist), Tinashe Nyamudoka (Head Sommelier at Test Kitchen), Mike Bampfield-Duggan (experienced wine judge and owner of Wine Concepts) and Izele van Blerk (Winemaker).

We are proud to announce that Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 was announced as the overall winner in the Vintage section. Judging panel chair, Christine Rudman, commented that this wine was a clear winner.

Following last year’s top 6 ranking for the Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014 and the 93 points awarded by Wine Advocate for the 2013 vintage it is clear that something special is happening in this corner of the Franschhoek Valley.

Holden Manz is the only estate to have featured in the awards for both the first as well as the second Cabernet Franc Challenges.

Thierry Haberer, Cellarmaster at Holden Manz Wine Estate commented “I am delighted that the Cabernet Franc grape is finally getting the recognition it deserves.  It’s a varietal I have worked with for many years in Bordeaux and one I know, love and hold in great respect.  Superior quality Cabernet Franc requires meticulous vinification and harvest practices – we leave no stone unturned when it comes to attention to detail.  The terroir at Holden Manz in Franschhoek is perfect to grow spectacular Cabernet Franc which makes the winemaker’s job in the cellar that much easier.  The 2015 Cabernet Franc Reserve, although still in barrel, are already standing out as a world class wine.”

Only 24 bottles of the Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 remain in the winery’s cellars before this champion vintage is sold out.

To mark this occasion and in celebration of their success the owners of Holden Manz, Gerard Holden and Migo Manz, have agreed to release 6 signed bottles for sale to the public at a price of R2,000 per bottle including a wooden presentation case.

All proceeds will be donated to the Franschhoek Fire Management Conservancy for their hard work and dedication in protecting our vineyards and farms against bushfires.

Applications to winery@holdenmanz.com.

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