David Finlayson GS Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Tasting Notes

The wine displays Cabernet Sauvignon cassis and blackcurrant fruit on the nose as well as having a fresh minty, herbaceousness, backed by mocha/vanilla. Firm structured tannins and a long finish on the palate show great ageing potential.

Winery: David Finlayson
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: DAVGSCAB2018 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
David Finlayson GS Cabernet 2018


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93 pts Decanter

92 pts Wine Spectator

91 pts Wine & Spirits


Winemaker Notes

This vintage was picked at slightly lower sugars than previous vintages due to this being 3rd year of drought and the vines struggled. To prevent stress on the vines and grapes, picking was done 7-10 days earlier than normal. This resulted in a fresher style of GS for the 2018 vintage. Grapes from this special, low yielding, old, heavy clay and gravel soil vineyard, was hand-picked in small boxes before being berry sorted at the winery. Not much sorting necessary as these pea-sized berries and tiny bunches were in perfect condition. Alcoholic fermentation was done in closed 3000L tanks, with cultured yeasts. Only the free run juice is used to make GS – (bag) pressed juice is separated and used for his lower tier Cab. Maceration lasted 21 days, with pump overs twice daily. Once ready, wine was racked to med-toast French oak (50% new & 50% 2nd fill) where is spent 18 months. During this time it received 1 racking. Coarse filtration and Vegecol fining were done, along with a tiny sulfur adjustment, pre- bottling. This is a wine made to be a benchmark amongst SA Cabernet Sauvignons, while not being the more typical greener style of many Stellenbosch Cabs, but rather riper, more fruit driven. It is built to last multiple decades. 4000 btls made.

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