MAN Essay Red 2019
Essay refers to the popular abbreviation for South Africa (SA) as well as implying an assemblage or blending of things to create a whole greater than its parts. These wines represent exceptional value and are produced by MAN Family Wines in the Agter-Paarl region. The Essay Red 2019 is a medium-bodied blended red wine with an expressive nose and a soft, lush mouthfeel. Shiraz gives ripe plum and dark fruit notes on the nose and palate. Grenache softens the palate, adding floral notes and together with the Shiraz forms the backbone of the blend. Mourvèdre adds complexity with savoury leather and spice aromas. Cinsault gives red fruit notes and a soft, lush mouthfeel to the final blend. Overall, the wine shows depth and finesse, but with gentle tannins.
Deep ruby; bouquet features purple plums, black cherries and old leather. Not overripe & not bone dry; emphasis on fruit intensity – rounded and mouth-filling with a smack of sour cherry backed by discreet tannins.
Juicy hamburger with all the trimmings, or char-grilled boerewors with tomato & onion smoor, or spinach and feta pie.