Review: Holden Manz Wining and Dining

We were super blessed to be invited back to Holden Manz for a Sunday lunch at The Franschhoek Kitchen, along with some of our favourite fellow foodies! The Holden Manz estate is just so pretty, with views of the mountains and vineyards. The vines were just starting to get their new green shoots, ready for the spring season ahead!

When we arrived, we got to taste the new Holden Manz 2017 Rosé. It costs just R80 and was really fruity. I loved the light pink colour! We sat outside to taste this wine, where you can also do a wine tasting. They have three wine tasting options: a gold, silver and platinum tasting, ranging from R60 to R110. All three tasting options include this Rosé and their brand new, first ever release Chenin Blanc.

Wine tasting in the garden

The inside dining space

Long table dining

Lounge vibes in front of the kitchen

Once we’d tasted the Rosé, we headed inside for our lunch. The inside area is just as beautiful as the outside, and I loved the earthy, rustic feel. We sat outside on the balcony, where we got to take in the beautiful views.

For lunch, we got to sample their brand new spring menu and had each course paired with a glass of Holden Manz wine. For the first course, I enjoyed a delicious spring salad. It looks deceptive because it seems pretty simple, but hiding under the greenery is a really refreshing mix of citrus, salt and mint! It was really light and summery. This was paired with the new Holden Manz Chenin Blanc.

For the second course, I had a really delicious Rib Eye Steak. It was served with smoked cauliflower puree, a really yummy olive tapenade, pickled mushrooms, plum jus and bitterballen. I loved this dish! The sauce was poured over the top while we were at the table, which was really cool! This course was paired with a glass of the Holden Manz Big G 2013.

Citrus salad

Rib eye steak

Whiskey popcorn? Oh yeah!

The dessert was truly one of the best I’ve ever had! It was a really delicious combination of whiskey popcorn, blue cheese crumble, grapes, fresh pear and tobacco-infused honey. I loved the mix of salty and sweet and the fresh pear was paired so perfectly with the blue cheese. This dessert was served with a glass of the Holden Manz Visionaire 2013.

You can visit Holden Manz and The Franschhoek Kitchen for lunch from 12:00 to 15:00 and for dinner from 19:00 to 21:00. Wine tasting is available from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. For more information, give them a shout on +27 21 876 2738 or visit their website here.

We’ll be back with more foodie deliciousness soon!

Written by Janet Rowsell
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Article Date: October 2017