Holden Manz

Located in the top, southern-most corner of the Franschhoek Valley, in the embrace of its spectacular mountains, the 22 hectare Holden Manz Wine Estate is situated between the Franschhoek River and Stony Brook at 300 meters above sea level. An exclusive grower of red grapes, the Estate only cultivates its top 16 hectares under vineyards, notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. Long, cold and wet winters allow the vines to rest well, while hot dry summers and a gentle autumn allows for slow ripening. Featuring a rich and diverse terroir influenced by its unique natural surroundings, with 3 different soil types and a marked seasonal climate, the estate’s vineyards are perfectly suited to our intention – the production of ultra-premium wines made for the discerning wine connoisseur.
Holden Manz Wine Estate
Holden Manz Winery features state of the art design which enables our winemaker to fully express the terroir and its fruits in every possible way. With average production sitting at 100 tonnes of manually harvested, high quality grapes, an intimate approach with emphasis on ‘attention to detail’ is maintained throughout. Smaller tanks allow for separate, small-batch fermentations, while an open-plan barrel cellar provides our winemaker the access to tend to each barrel individually.
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Winemaker: Thierry Haberer
Theirry has been making wine around the world for more than a decade, with roots that go back earlier than that – his grandfather was a vine grower in Morocco and later a producer in Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean Sea where his father still makes wine today! A passionate and out-of-the-box approach combined with a deep respect for preserving the quality of the fruit shows in every bottle he produces, and there is no doubt that his quality-driven approach and thirst for innovation will set new standards in the Holden Manz range – something to look forward to as Thierry continues to delve into the potential bursting from our terroir and grapes alike

Wine Information Sheets

2016 Merlot Reserve

Smooth, elegant and sexy – think a beautiful lady in a flowing red dress on the catwalk!! Red cherries on entry with a luscious complex mid-palate and a gentle blueberry finish – very moreish!  Soft round tannins with some tension on the finish.

2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Rich and elegant soft textured wine with predominant cassis and dark berries. Well-balanced savory flavors with good volume. Wood is well integrated, pleasantly subtle tannins. Balanced with a long finish with plenty of spice and mocha.

2016 Syrah Reserve

Ripe and bold dark fruit, meaty and spicy notes, think Cornas/Hermitage style, smoky, steak tartare, black pepper, rounded tannin, long powerful finish.

2017 Chenin Blanc

Medium bodied and well balanced. An elegant wine with lingering flavors of pear, peach and melon, along nicely integrated hints of oak.

2017 Syrah

Beautiful aromas of violets, cloves, star anise, nutmeg and black peppercorns complemented by fresh red berries. Silky smooth entry, showing ripe, soft tannins with beautiful vibrant fruit and spicy flavors. Darker fruits provide a long lingering finish.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich and full palate with complex array of dark fruit. The middle palate is full and shows width with complexity and depth leading to a long, full finish. Fine wood tannins combine with well balanced acidity.

2015 Vernissage Red Blend

Everyday enjoyment can be found in this beautifully blended showcase of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah.  Bright red fruits dominate with a full mouth feel and well-structured tannins providing a long smooth finish.

2013 Visionaire Red Blend

A visionary blend!  Spicy Bordeaux style with homage to Hermitage.  Cabernet sauvignon and merlot dominate this multi-award winning wine with a supporting cast of cabernet franc, Malbec, petit verdot spiced up with a decent serving of syrah!

2015 Big G Red Blend

Alluring aromas of black cherries, dark and red plums, a subtle herbaceousness, nuances of pine needle, blueberry and spearmint backed with hints of cedar wood and pencil shavings.

2018 Chardonnay

Barrel fermented symphony combines citrus, white blossoms, summer melon, passion fruit and just a touch of well integrated high quality French oak in this Meursault style chardonnay.

2019 Rothko Rosé

Generous, crisp, full mouthfeel. A smooth, creamy elegant wine with tonnes of finesse and a long finish. Muti-layered lingering wine which sparkles like a diamond!