#219 M.A.N. Vintners Skaapveld Syrah 2020
VIDEO CHAPTER INDEX:
00:00 – INTRO TO THE HAN DRINKS SOLO WINE CHANNEL
00:25 – A RECAP ON THE INVESTEC TROPHY WINE SHOW AWARDS
01:52 – A BIT ABOUT THE MAN VINTNERS VINEYARDS
02:22 – WHAT DOES THE SKAAPVELD SYRAH TASTE LIKE?
04:02 – HOW WAS THE WINE MADE?
“Discovery of the Show”
The MAN Skaapveld Syrah 2020 won the “Discovery of the Show” award in the Investec Trophy Wine Show 2022. It was one of only EIGHT red wines to win a medal, out of the almost 700 wines in the competition. Which is not bad for a bottle that was birthed out of the desire to make an “everyday” wine (whatever the hell that is). Winemaking brothers Tyrrel and Philip (of Myburgh Bros Wines and Joostenburg Estate), along with José Conde from Stark-Conde Wines launched this moonlight project in pursuit of that humble goal, but appear to have dramatically overshot the mark. Lol.
The mysterious M.A.N acronym turns out to be a rather grandiose gesture to try and secure a pink slip to be allowed to spend every weekend in the cellar. The letters M, A & N are in fact the initials of the spouses to Philip, Tyrrel and José (Marie, Anette and Nicky) so that, when the winemaking team encounter resistance on the domestic front, they are able to declare, “But we’re doing this all for you!”
However, when it comes to the actual winemaking, the hard work is done by winemaker Riaan Moller; the same winemaker who is responsible for the mutli-award winning Lievland wines. Lievland also received a gold medal for the Lievland Old Vine Chenin 2021, and produced the highest scoring Pinotage in last year’s Trophy Wine Show. But enough about the past, here are some tasting notes from the Skaapveld Syrah 2020.
👃🏼 Nose is moderate, with a mix of strawberries, blackberries, pepper spice, fresh earth, and iron.
👄 The palate still has a tightness to it. The fruit component is a lovely mix of blackberry and strawberry fruit. All presented with moderate concentration and some fairly decent structure. The balance between fruit and structure is lovely; it manages to express a ripeness of fruit, while still remaining relatively light footed.
🔬Wine of Origin Western Cape. 93% Syrah with splashes of Cinsault and Grenache. Wine was cold macerated for two days prior to fermentation, which all took place in stainless steel tanks. The resultant wine was racked off lees back into tank, before being matured in 225-litre French Barrels. 13.5% ABV.
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