As featured in the May issue of Business Day WANTED: “The G.S. Cabernet Sauvignon is made in honour of George Spies and his legendary wines from the 1966 and 1968 vintage,” reads the back label of the Edgebaston GS Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Spies was winemaker at what was then Stellenbosch Farmers Winery and his wines really are benchmark stuff, the few remaining bottles shown these days to demonstrate that South Africa really is capable of classic wine.
David Finlayson, previously of Glen Carlou and now owner of Edgebaston in Stellenbosch was inspired by these wines to create his own top-end Cabernet Sauvignon and hence the GS. The 2008 is from the eight best rows of the variety on the property and spent 24 months in French oak, 100% new. “There’s not much technical about it,” say Finlayson. It shows dark fruit and attractive toasty oak on the nose while the palate is marked by huge concentration and smooth texture. Rich and powerful, it nevertheless remains balanced and is some six to eight years off drinking at its best. Price per bottle: R350. Tel 083 263 4353, email@example.com