MAN Family Wines, Ou Kalant Cabernet Sauvignon, Agter-Paarl, South Africa, 2019 through Merchant of Wine.

MAN Family Wines, Ou Kalant, Cabernet Sauvignon, Agter-Paarl, South Africa, 2019 (By Stark-Condé) (Solid Value)

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Overview of the Wine
From the beginning, we focused on looking for the best grapes. It was never about shiny new equipment or a fancy cellar. Tyrrel and I used to drive around looking at vineyards every weekend, talking with the grape growers. Actually, it was Tyrrel that did most of the early negotiating—I stayed behind in the truck because as an American guy with a strong accent, I wasn’t the person best suited to convincing farmers that we were deserving of their grapes. It was important to win their trust if we were to win their best fruit. As we eventually found our footing, the MAN project became a collaboration with the grape growers, and today they are shareholders in our company. We are very lucky to be in partnership with experienced farmers who collectively grow some of the best old vine Chenin Blanc in the country. I’m really positive about the potential of South African wines in the world market.

Grape / Blend
85% Cabernet Sauvignon; 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Consult, 1% Touriga Nacional 

Origin
Agter-Paarl, South Africa

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
A perfect marriage of new world vibrant fruit and old world elegance. Deep garnet in colour, this wine has aromas of dark cherries followed by cassis and red-currant fruit on the palate. Silky tannins and a long smooth finish characterize this versatile Cabernet Sauvignon.

87 Points - Ian Blackburn
Review - Sun ripened cherry skins, soft melt in your mouth tannins, ready to drink texture with charm and just enough earth and typicity ... some nice quality marks, very subtle pyrazines but just enough to be interesting.  Score:  Color -better than anticipated 13/15 , Aroma - nice fruit / earth balance 22/25, Body - light and tender but not watery thin 21/25, Overall 31/25 - 87 points and very enjoyable.  

Product size: 750ml

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