Thursday, May 3, 2012

Four cellars showcase Merlot at Holden Manz in Franschhoek

An evening of exquisite food paired with some of the country’s finest Merlot wines from four cellars awaits guests at the Franschhoek Kitchen, the signature restaurant at the boutique wine estate, Holden Manz, on Wednesday 16 May.

Karl Lambour and Schalk Opperman of the Holden Manz winemaking team will be joined by the winemakers of Haskell Vineyards, Meerlust and Thelema for a memorable evening showcasing their flagship Merlots.

Newly appointed Executive Chef Cheyne Morrisby, who has vast international restaurant experience, including cooking for famous celebrities such as Kylie Minogue and Kate Moss, has put together an irresistable menu, with dishes prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the estate’s own fruit orchard and vegetable garden.

The five course menu for the evening starts with a scrumptious shitake mushroom and coconut cream risotto paired with the Haskell Vinyards Merlot 2008. This will be followed by hearty beef tataki with mustard, mirin and micro herbs, served with the silky Holden Manz Merlot 2010. Duck breast, served with sweet potato and miso puree, star anise syrup and watermelon jelly, will be an explosion of flavour complemented by the full bodied Meerlust Merlot 2008. The mouthwatering taste of best end lamb cutlets, with kimchi, coriander and chives, will be heightened by the Thelema Merlot Reserve 2009 with its extraordinary concentration of ripe berries and cedar wood.

Ending the evening on a decadent note, dark chocolate quenelles with salted caramel will be served with the majestic Holden Manz Good Sport Cape Vintage 2009.  

The Holden Manz Merlot evening on Wednesday, 16 May begins at 19h00 for 19h30 and costs R300 per person. For bookings call 021-8762729 or e-mail To reach Holden Manz, turn right at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek and follow the signs for two kilometres. For more information visit or visit Holden Manz on Facebook.

GPS coordinates: Latitude: 33° 56’ 7” S; Longitude: 19° 6’ 54” E.
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On behalf of:                            Holden Manz Wine Estate          Contact: Karl Lambour
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