Wine Tasting with Chris from Country Vintner, March 3rd, 4-6 pm

Man Family Wines:
It all started as a simple plan: to make a wine that we’d love to buy. We wanted quality wine that offered excellent value and great packaging. Of course, we had to come up with a name. To keep peace in the families, we took our wives’ initials— Marie, Anette and Nicky.
Chardonnay
Our modern take on this classic favorite, the lightly oaked MAN Chardonnay reminds people why they love to drink Chardonnay. Our refreshing and delicious wine is well balanced, with typical Chardonnay marmalade and citrus, backed by a light oak and refreshing melon and tropical fruit bouquet. The richest and fullest white wine in the MAN range, we’ve won fans with the very delicate oak flavors that are complemented by prominent fruit flavors and butterscotch notes. Wine is fermented in small American oak barrels. Complex yet elegant. It pairs well with grilled fish, and most creamy dishes, or serve chilled on its own as a well-earned reward at the end of a tough day.
Chenin Blanc
Chenin blanc thrives in the Mediterranean climate, deep soils and bush-vine vineyards of our region. We use only the free-run juice (no pressing of the grapes) to preserve its clean and natural character, refreshing acidity and delicious ripe fruit flavors. Bursting with flavor, our very “more-ish” Chenin Blanc is our best-selling white wine. Ideal growing conditions, very special vines and our attention to detail in the winemaking create a mouth-watering Chenin Blanc with intense tropical fruit flavors offset by a vibrant acidity. From the winemaker: We only use free-run juice – we don’t press the grape skins – and we leave the Chenin Blanc on its lees for three to four months before bottling for a richer, fuller mouth feel. We call this our ‘sweet and sour’ wine – the acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced.
Pinotage
A modern style that showcases the best Pinot Noir-like characteristics of Pinotage. Juicy bright fruits, soft tannins and a perfumed nose make this a very accessible Pinotage. From the winemaker: Focus on the juicier, softer side of Pinotage by carefully managing the fermenting wine. We are able to emphasize the soft mouthfeel, perfume and expressive fruit of Pinotage. Just a touch of oak maturation means the result is delicate and pretty, with beautiful red berry flavors, a hint of cinnamon and very gentle tannins. Pairing:The sweet flavors of the Pinotage makes the wine hold its own with most poultry or bold meat dishes – even spicy curries.
Shiraz
Skaapveld refers to the grazing land for sheep that adjoins many of the Shiraz vineyards in our region. Whether the sheep have any effect on the wine is open to debate, but they add a lively encouragement during harvest time. Our distinctive Shiraz with dark fruit and spicy flavors continues to win plaudits internationally.
A real mouth-filling wine, the spicy and floral savory aromas are balanced by ripe fruit flavors and fine tannins on the palate. From the winemaker: We co-ferment some batches with a small portion of Viognier grapes to lift the aromatics and soften the tannins. 20% of the wine matures in small oak barrels for that hint of vanilla spice on the nose and to give extra encouragement to silky tannins. All in all, we like to think we’ve made a really great wine – and it helps to know that so many other people think so too. Pairing: Great with bold meat dishes, strong cheese and any other dish that needs a wine that can stand up to it.