M.A.N. Family Wines ‘Ou Kalant’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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A confident Cabernet with jammy dark fruit in a velvety bed of spice, smoked earth and woods.

Winery: José Conde along with brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh founded M.A.N. Family Wines in 2001. M.A.N. is an acronym representing the first letter of each of their wives’ names. Beginning with 300 cases produced in a tractor shed, they have advanced to producing over 175,000 cases of wine per year and exporting to 25 countries. The winery is located in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, and consists of 30 farmers that are also shareholders in the company.

Philosophy: Using modern techniques with traditional elegance, they strive to produce “daily wines for wine geeks”, wines “that offer bang for your buck”.

Winemaking: All of the vineyards and growers are certified sustainable and socially responsible, nearly 80% of the vineyards are un-irrigated, and 52% are un-trellised “bush vines”. The name of the wine, “ou kalant” translates to old rascal, and is their best selling wine. Their goal with ou kalant is to capture “both Old World silky tannins and New World ripe fruit” in a classic style. 20% of the wine was aged in oak barrels for 12 months.

Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, smoky earth and hints of oak. Jammy black cherry and blackberry flavours wrapped around a core of smoky earth and black pepper, whilst chocolate, vanilla and oak notes comprised the lengthy finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon [I could not verify varietal percentage.]
Coastal Region
South Africa
Produced by Man Vintners
14% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2016

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