Man Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon Review
From the Label
“MAN began with three friends and an idea: to make a wine that we would love to buy. Good quality, good value. Not exactly an epiphany, but enough tto motivate us into action. What do we name it? Keeping peace in the family, we took the fiirst initials of our wives. (We each have one Wife, that is.) So that’s how weexplained to Marie, Anette and Nicky that we were going to be “busy” most weekends. “It’s for you!” we told them, and mostly it’s true.
When we described this MAN wine as medium-bodied and fruity, we mean it as a compliment. Seriously. It has classic red berry aromas, a touch of vanilla oak spice and light, soft tannins. We suggest a pairing with grilled or roasted meat or a rich pasta – shared with your best man or woman or with man’s best friend.”
An Incredible Wine
When I say this is one of the best wines I've ever reviewed I don't say that lightly. Coming in at only £6 - meaning only £3 goes towards the wine after tax this is incredible. A smoky yet fruity nose and a big bold new world flavour profile of red fruit, bitter chocolate and silky tannins. If pushed I'd say this is probably more a barbecue wine but it carries its alcohol well and would pair well with a lot of old world cuisine.
Definitely gift worthy, certainly one I'd take to a party, in fact it will likely be snuck into my next wine tasting party! As inexpensive wines go this is one of the finest I've ever come across. This belongs on my wine rack!
A Brave New World
An impressive inexpensive South African wine that will be a regular feature of my wine rack moving forward. A smoky burnt nose gives way to a delightful palette of blackberry, black cherry,and subtle hints of vanilla and red licorice. This would make a superb accompaniment to a creamy Italian dish or roasted red meat.
Depending on the recipient I would sometimes hesitate to gift a wine of this price but in this case I'd make an exception on grounds of quality. I expect Man Vintners will become considerably better known if the winery is consistently producing this level of quality at this price point.