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David Finlayson ‘GS’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

David Finlayson GS Cabernet Sauvignon Front Label 2017
Country: South Africa
Winery: David Finlayson
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
UPC Code: 858441006149
Tasting Notes:

Grapes from this special site are hand picked
in small boxes before being berry sorted at
the winery. Usually there’s not much sorting
necessary as these pea-sized berries and tiny
bunches are typically in perfect condition.
Alcoholic fermentation is done in closed
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 lasts 14 – 21 days, with
pump overs twice daily. Once ready, wine is
racked to medium toast French oak barrels
(50% new & 50% 2nd fill) where is stays for
24 months. During this time it receives only
1 racking. Coarse filtration and Vegecol
fining are 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.

Awards, Reviews, And Other Notes:

2017 – 91pts WS
2015 – 94pts John Platter, 90pts Wine
Spectator, 90pts Tim Atkin
2014 – 93pts Wine Advocate
2013 – 91pts Steve Tanzer

Winemaker Notes:

If you could imagine great Pauillac meeting
glorious Napa Valley Cab in your glass….
then you might truly have the perfect “bridge
between two worlds”. This is we like to tell
people when attempt to place South Africa’s
wine style in context. Old World meets New
World….in your glass. Jancis Robinson reckons
the 1966 vintage of this wine was the “best
Bordeaux red she tried from that year, from
anywhere”. 1968 was also a great vintage. The
owner off this farm died several years later,
sadly, before his wine achieved international
acclaim as the best red wine ever produced in
South Africa. Bittersweet! In 2008 our producer
David Finlayson, convinced the owner’s
daughter to let him make a Cab, in honor of
her late father, George Spies (GS). It’s one of
the most wonderful stories of our industry – the
reincarnation of greatness – a true category
leader. World class wine with an equally
impressive story! David is the quintessential
“garagiste” and is focused on small production
wines of high quality. His barrel shed for this
wine, is an old decommissioned, refrigerated
rail car, once used for the transportation of milk.
He sunk it into a hillside behind the winery and
today it houses his barrels of GS Cab.