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 ‘Bosstok’ actually refers to these bush vines, the “bosstok Pinotage vineyards grow close to the ground, producing lower yields of concentrated, flavourful grapes”. Bosstok is crafted in “a modern style that showcases the best Pinot Noir-like characteristics of Pinotage, emphasizing bright fruit and soft tannins, making it “a very accessible Pinotage”.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, licorice and roasted herbs. Dense fruit [blackberry, black cherry and tart cherry] wrap around a smoky earth core, whilst black cherry, crushed black peppercorn and coffee hints comprise the lengthy finish. Robust and hearty, this is consistently a fantastic value.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: sweet-spicy dishes, risotto, barbeque
Produced by Man Vitners