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Holden Manz Big G 2009

Mock charge.

It’s going to be a long row to how for Gerard Holden and Migo Manz, who acquired the Franschhoek boutique winery previously known as Klein Genot in August 2010. The talented Karl Lambour, previously winemaker at Constantia Glen, was briefly installed as director of wine production, sales and marketing but has already moved on (to take up the position of general manager at Grande Provence) and they have the challenge of selling the stock  made when still Klein Genot which was never particularly inspired. The property’s flagship wine, a blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, used to be known as Black Swan Reserve has been re-branded as “Big G” in the case of the recently released 2009 vintage (recommended retail price: R145 a bottle). Shy nose, more red than black fruit, generally rather lean. Well assembled but unremarkable.  Score: 15.5/20.


  1. Hi Elias, Wine competitions – all a big laff? Yes and no. I think you can use them to detect broad trends. Is Holden Manz the next big thing? Probably not…


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