The story of MAN Vintners begins with a few friends sitting around, enjoying each others company and drinking some wine. Being that way inclined, they decided to start making wine in small batches on the weekends. They came from wine backgrounds, and had day jobs, so this turned into a weekend gig. The wives wanted to know what was taking up so much time, so the friends decided to name their project after their wives (M for Marie, A for Anette, and N for Nicky). Their knack for finding good fruit sources, putting value in the bottle, and a good business sense has ensured the commercial success of their venture. The three friends and business partners are Jose Conde of Stark-Conde, and brothers Philip and Tyrrel Myburgh. What started off as a very small production operation for the fun of it, has grown to a 175,000 cases in a little over a decade. Grapes are sourced from primarily the Agter-Paarl area, which has traditionally been the place for bulk wine grapes. About 30 farmers in that region now provide grapes for MAN Vintners, and have long term contracts to sell their grapes to MAN, who overseas the vineyards. The goal of MAN Vintners is to provide high quality wines that can be drunk on a daily basis. They have fruit forward style that over delivers.
A focused, clinical bouquet with pineapple and lemon zest, hints of passion fruit developing just behind. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity: plenty of tropical fruit on display here but neatly delineated on the tense and citric finish that lingers forever.