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About our Wines

Marianne Wine Estate is a boutique winery, with a limited production of between 80 000 and 100 000 bottles per vintage. A minimum of three years passes from the time the grapes are harvested to any vintage's initial availability.

Marianne's red wines exist within a contemporary space that many consider a shift away from winemaking of old, with Michel Rolland's global influence regarded as a contributing factor. Marianne Wine Estate red wines are bold and fruit-forward, with well-integrated, softer tannins. Part of the reason for this flavour profile, is the acknowledgement that consumers are demanding Bordeaux blends that are worthy of attention younger than was typical in previous generations.

Marianne Wine Estate presents rich, nuanced food wines with exemplary aging potential, making them suitable for wine collectors. The wines are also prepared to display full fruit and tightly integrated tannins upon a vintage's initial release. This careful balance ensures a fantastic drinking experience immediately, and a wine that will improve with age in the bottle for at least the next ten years.

Marianne releases 9 Estate wines, which is a wide range for a boutique winery with a relatively low production volume. Each of our wines has its own distinctive character. Visit our Tasting Room and get to know each of them for yourself.

Wine Making

The berries are cold-stored for 24 hours before they are crushed in one of eighteen 7500L tanks. Following crushing, the juice is subjected to pour-overs three times a day, maximum contact with the skins resulting in optimal extraction of tannins and flavour.

The grapes from each block are vinified and aged separately. Further, cuts from cross sections of a press are barreled separately too. This separation and definition affords the winemaker the greatest range of quality ingredients when he sets about creating his blended wines.

Owner Christian Dauriac is actively involved in the winemaking process, travelling from France to Stellenbosch throughout the year to engage with Marianne's winemaking team.

Dauriac has French Oak barrels imported to South Africa, constructed for him by the finest coopers in France. Marianne red wines are barrel-aged in new French oak for up to two years.

Christian Dauriac and Michel Rolland are personal friends. Michel Rolland has consulted for Marianne Wine Estate since its first vintage. Connoisseurs will recognize Roland's name and influence in contemporary winemaking: He consults for the likes of Screaming Eagle Winery, Araujo Wine Estate, and more than 60% of the esteemed group of Saint-Emillon Grand Cru Classe Estate's, of which Dauriac's own Chateau Destieux is a member.

Marianne's red wines exist within a contemporary space that many consider a shift away from winemaking of old, with Michel Rolland's global influence largely regarded as the cause. Marianne Wine Estate's red wines are bold and fruit-forward, with well-integrated, softer tannins. Part of the reason for this flavour profile, is the acknowledgement that consumers are demanding Bordeaux blends that are worthy of attention younger than was typical in previous generations.

Marianne Wine Estate presents rich, nuanced food wines with exemplary aging potential, making them suitable for wine collectors. The wines are also prepared to display full fruit and tightly integrated tannins upon a vintage's initial release. This careful balance ensures a fantastic drinking experience immediately, and a wine that will improve with age in the bottle for at least the next ten years.

For an immersive experience, we have select Vertical Cases available. The Vertical Case will allow you to track a single wine's journey over the course of six vintages.

Viticulture

18 hectares of Marianne Estate's 36-hectare area is under vine; predominantly trellised, with 4 hectares of Pinotage as bush vine. 4 hectares each is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot.

Our viticulturist practices La lutte raisionne – the reasoned struggle. This is a self-policed set of practices that embrace responsible, sustainable farming techniques, and avoid the application of chemical treatments whenever possible. Furthermore, our vines are tended throughout the year, involving aggressive pruning and training, by hand. Since grape vines are only able to process 10% of the light that reaches them through photosynthesis, the excess canopy is removed to ensure the grapes are able to develop to their potential.

A vineyard's yield greatly affects a resulting wine's quality. Some growers are proud of being able to stretch up to 300 hectolitres of juice per hectare. Marianne Wine Estate actively limits the amount of growth so that every vine delivers berries of the highest quality. A Marianne harvest will not exceed a yield of 35 hectolitres per hectare.

The vines are harvested by hand at optimal alcoholic and phenolic ripeness. This is typically a month later than neighbouring estates. The berries are then sorted by hand, twice, first bunch-by-bunch, and then grape-by-grape. This extra level of selection ensures that only the best fruit finds its way into your glass. This level of care is labour-intensive, and takes longer, but the winemaking team is convinced that the extra effort is rewarded, and that you will taste the difference.