MAN Pinotage 2019
|South Africa, Coastal Region
It all started as a simple plan: to make a wine that we’d love to buy. We wanted quality wine that offered excellent value and great packaging. Not exactly an epiphany, perhaps, but enough to motivate us into action. Of course, first we had to come up with a name. To keep peace in the families, we took our wives’ initials (we each have one wife) - that is how we explained to Marie, Anette and Nicky that we were going to be “busy” most weekends. “It’s for you!” we told them. And mostly it’s true. We are Jose Conde and brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh. We started making wine together in 2001. We’re further supported by a group of dedicated grape growers from the Agter-Paarl region. From our first 300 cases made in a tractor shed, we have grown to producing over 175 000 cases per year and exporting to 25 countries. Our biggest selling wines are our chenin blanc and cabernet sauvignon, but our area is also well known for shiraz and pinotage. And we think our other wines are pretty good, too.
Bright, light and ethereal smelling, this opens with scents of crunchy cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry fruits, with a soft overlay of fresh violet and fynbos. It's soft and spicy on the palate, as those aromas transition into fruit-fueled flavors that are heavily hit by a strong dose of earthy spice and fresh mentholated herbs. The finish is bright and snappy, with an initial freshness that evolves into more spiced, earthy tones on the back.
Candied strawberry and cherry fruit flavors are backed by juicy acidity in this soft and round, easy-drinking red. It's light- to medium-bodied, with hints of anise and chocolate-covered orange peel. Drink now. 21,000 cases made, 7,000 cases imported.
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