The South Africans refer to Chenin Blanc as Steen, and the warm climate, deep soils and bush-vine vineyards of the region suit this Loire Valley grape. Dry but fruity, this is a terrific backyard, picnic or beach-tote wine. The story of MAN goes like this...it all started as a simple plan: to make a wine that the founders would love to buy. They wanted quality wine that offered excellent value and great packaging. Not exactly an epiphany, perhaps, but enough to motivate them into action. The three amigos, if you will, are Jose Condé, Director and Main MAN and married to Marie; Tyrrel Myburgh, Winemaker, Director and Cellar Master and married to Anette; Philip Myburgh, Older Brother and Founding Partner and married to Nicky. Of course, first they had to come up with a name. To keep peace in the families, they took their wives’ initials and explained to Marie, Anette and Nicky that they were going to be “busy” most weekends. “It’s for you!” they told them!
So went José Conde and brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh to make wine together starting in 2001. From their first 300 cases made in a tractor shed, they have grown to producing over 175 000 cases per year and exporting to 25 countries. Their biggest selling wines are the chenin blanc and cabernet sauvignon. Enjoy!
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Free Run Steen Chenin Blanc has a beeswax, resinous nose that takes time to lift from the glass. The palate is well balanced with light honeyed notes, a touch of orange rind and dried mango towards the second half with decent weight and length. I would pick this over the Sauvignon Blanc this year.