José Conde and brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh
are the wine-making team at MAN Vineyards. The name
comes from the first initial of their respective
wives, Marie, Anette and Nicky. Thirty farmers
produce 95% of the fruit, and they are now
shareholders in MAN Family Wines. Almost
80% of the vineyards are un-irrigated and
low-yielding, 52% of which are untrellised
“bush vines.” Grown on Malmesbury shale
and decomposed granite soils, these vineyards
produce distinctive, concentrated and flavorful
wines. Only free-run juice is used, the grape
skins are not pressed and the Chenin Blanc is
left on its lees for three to four months before bottling
for a richer, fuller mouth-feel. The acidity and sweetness
are perfectly balanced. This is a crisp, clean, expressive
wine with pure fruit flavors for everyday drinking and an
excellent choice with food. According to Wilfred Wong
of Wine.com “This may very well be one of the world’s
best white wine bargains!”
|Wine maker notes
|The Agter-Paarl area is the ideal region for growing Chenin Blanc and our farmers have the largest collection of old vine Chenin Blanc in the country. To do justice to the excellent bush vine (un-trellised) grapes, 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 mouthfeel. We call this our ’sweet and sour’ wine - the acidity and sweetness are perfectly balanced. We’ve been told many times that this is a wine you taste and immediately love - and who are we to disagree?
|A versatile option for almost any dish - especially spicy Thai curries, Mediterranean tapas and rich seafood dishes. Great on its own too!
|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. Not exactly an epiphany, perhaps, but enough to motivate us into action.
Of course, first we had to come up with a name. To keep peace in the families, we took our wives’ initials (we each have one wife) - that is how we explained to Marie, Anette and Nicky that we were going to be “busy” most weekends. “It’s for you!” we told them. And mostly it’s true.
We are Jose Conde and brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh. We started making wine together in 2001. We’re further supported by a group of dedicated grape growers from the Agter-Paarl region.
From our first 300 cases made in a tractor shed, we have grown to producing over 175 000 cases per year and exporting to 25 countries. Our biggest selling wines are our chenin blanc and cabernet sauvignon, but our area is also well known for shiraz and pinotage. And we think our other wines are pretty good, too.