Tasting Notes: Produced from four outstanding clones of Cabernet Sauvignon planted on different sites in the Stellenbosch area. Made to exude absolute purity of varietal character and as such display true Cabernet Sauvignon cassis and blackcurrent flavours. The wine has a fresh, minty herbaceousness backed by mocca vanilla oak. Firm structured tannins and a long finish on the palate show good ageing potential.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc
Winemaker: David Finlayson
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cellar: With all the hype about the GS Cab, David wanted to make a more approachable and affordable Cab, that still offers up cellar worthiness and seriousness. This was made with more than a nod to the classic wines of the Medoc, in Bordeaux. Making great Cabernet is a passion of David’s and his experience, while working the 1995 harvest at Chateau Margaux, taught him much. David learned the process of working better with tannin ripeness and softer, and more selective pressing regimens. He also learnt a lot about terroir and the importance of finding the clones that work best for particular areas, like his. The problem of course there is that such decisions take a long time to produce results, that can then be considered benchmarks. He believes that he is slowly getting to that point, after more than 17 years on his Stellenbosch property, as these vines have reached maturity. Of course, using the declassified barrels from his GS project as the baseline material for this wine, is a great way to start out each vintage. Incredible value Cab!
92 pts Decanter World Wine Awards
90 pts Tim Atkin Mw 2021