Holden Manz Big G 2016
The 2015 vintage was always going to be a tough one for nature to follow. While 2015 produced low yields driven by a dryer than average winter 2014 and no rain from October 2014 until harvest 2015 the 2015 winter was 60% wetter than the previous year with rain also falling until harvest. A cooler vintage than 2015 with a longer ripening period and stronger yields. Perhaps our longest overall harvest period yet.
Intense dark ruby.
Ripe dark fruit, graphite, cassis, a subtle herbaceousness, nuances of blueberry and thyme backed with hints of cedarwood and pencil shavings.
Soft, voluptuous integrated tannins with a rich creamy cassis freshness. Silky smooth mid-palate with a finish which is full of dark fruit and long lingering flavours. Great tension!