MAAN Wines 'Handy Maan' GSM 2017 (McLaren Vale, South Australia) "...boysenberry, raspberry, cloves..."
Anthony, a winemaker by trade, and Matt, an international man of mystery, are cousins and the founders of MAAN. The two have a long history of making, selling and drinking quality wines from around the world. The focus is on producing small batch, handmade wines that showcase the best that the McLaren Vale has to offer. The wines are approachable, affordable, accessible and most of all, exceptionally handsome, much like the founders. In the vineyard and winery things are kept as simple as possible. All fruit is basket-pressed, an old school method which ensures a soft press and treats the wine with a lot of finesse, then fermented with wild yeast and allowed only a touch of oak to retain freshness and fruit, and then finally bottled without fining or filtration.
"Bright, fresh nose bursting with fruit and spice. a rich berry smorgasbord, with boysenberry and raspberry upfront, and some pinot-esque flavours of nectarine, apricot and orange peel underlying. balanced nicely with creamy vanilla from subtle oak use, and spice notes of cinnamon and clove. medium-bodied, soft yet tight tannins, and a good length for such a smashable wine. the aromatics follow through to the palate, but are joined by secondary characters of leather, blossom, and raspberry liquorice. a juicy mid-palate captivates the tastebuds, and then the finish follows through with the red berries to bring the wine full circle. a complex little wine, hidden within a tasty little number." - Winery Notes