South African winemakers used to call their Chenin Blanc grape “Steen.” This is one winery that can’t quite let go of the old name. Very pale straw in colour with a spicy, white-peach nose; it’s medium-bodied, dry, with nicely balanced pear and quince flavours. (MAN is made up of the initials of the 3 owners’ wives: Marie, Anette and Nicky.)
Deep gold tone in the glass reveals bottle age, with rich, concentrate, honeyed orange and tangerine citrus aromatics. Stays with the rich developed citrus theme in the mouth balanced by good acidity and an agreeable touch of bitterness. A powerful, complex wine but time to drink up.
Ruby-purplish. Sun-drenched black berries, spicy oak and earthy notes fill the glass. Full-bodied; the grainy tannins and firm acidity may surprise but the fruity taste is equally intense. Very expressive now; a couple of years in the cellar will round off its angles.
A gentle but persistent bead in the glass with a nose of apple pie, cream, toast, a touch of citrus and even a note of tropical fruit. It’s crisp and bright on the palate with forward green apple and a smidge of citrus-lemon all bolstered by brilliant, mouth-watering acidity in a perfectly dry style.
Sourced from four different blocks in the home vineyard, in year one of organic transition. Aromas of inviting darker berry and earthy hints, opening in the glass to pure fruit flavours of cherry and distinctly savoury notes on the light- to medium-bodied palate with clove spice and mineral undertones.
Moderate aromas of peach, honey, spice, peanuts, white flowers and honey. Mid-weight, there is some creaminess on the palate as well as a brisk finale. A singular blend of 61% Viognier, 20% Roussanne and 19% Grenache Blanc.
Clear but opaquely deep plum-red. Strong, smoky nose of stewed plums and black liquorice. A tooth-stainer that will put hair on your chest with powerful, oaky plum and cherry flavours and sturdy tannins. Best with a dry-aged grass-fed New York striploin steak done medium-rare. Good for another couple of years.