Forest Range, Australia.
I've never ever tasted a wine with structure or a fruit expression like this. This is very Manon Farm and very 2019. When Charlotte and I opened a bottle of this on Friday it literally took my breath away. Aromatically, there's an almost magical quality to the clarity of fruit....as if you're sensing the aroma of the essence or a distillation of the fruit. On the palate, maybe it's just me, but I feel like this wine communicates this ocean of quartz more clearly than any wine I've tasted from the farm before. It's extremely precise and pure, the texture is like glass or polished marble and there's a very clear impression of the light that quartz attracts. The fruit is as clear or even more clear on the palate than it is aromatically. There's a clear varietal impression (cabernet franc / cabernet sauvignon / merlot / pinot noir) and then a mix of delicious dark stone fruit and fresh crunchy fruit too. Despite this essence or suggestion of rich fruit the palate is super vertical and wonderfully taut and elastic. It's very direct, very long and there's a salivating notion of sappiness in the fruit too. I have no hesitation in saying this is one of the most unique wines I've had this year. I can't recommend it highly enough - Notes from Campbell Burton.
Grapes: Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / and Pinot Noir
We only work with the grapes that we have grown ourselves. We work with the ebbs and flows of what the season presents and what Mother Nature provides. We nurture the vines and land as one, in a harmonious detail and with the up most respect to organic and honest holistic farming principles. We believe these details are important and most importantly, we enjoy it! We are growers and we do care about this plot of soil for future peoples and life - Manon.
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were picked on the same day, and pressed together with juice from Pinot Noir. Our cellar flows in a manual and mindful way with no additions being made at any stage. Fermentation is gentle with no pumps or gas - just hands and nose. Our wines are all bottled manually by gravity and by us in our shed - always on a new moon. We choose to age our wines in wooden barrels or terracotta. Vessels made from the earth - Manon.