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GS Cabernet Sauvignon

George Spies, GS Cabernet Sauvignon 1966

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'A truly iconic wine in South African wine history kindly brought to a lunch at Test Kitchen by Roland Peens of retailer Wine Cellar. Absolutely stunning – such a beautiful combination of maturity and delicacy – but with far more fruit integrity than most 1966 red Bordeaux would have now. Perhaps it was hard work in its youth but I imagine it will be at least a few months before I tasted a mature Cabernet as good as this. Apparently it was once compared with Ch Margaux 1966 and knocked spots off it, but Palmer would probably have put up more of a fight. Lightly minty, fragrant and it spread right across the palate with satin texture. Gorgeous. The only other known vintage was 1968, I was told.' – Jancis Robinson February 2015. Score: 20/20

Drink 1985-2025

Previous comments below:

This bottle is in excellent condition with upper shoulder ullage.

'It’s the stuff of legend: a wine spoken about in hushed tones of reverence and awe over the years, even before James Molesworth gave it its unprecedented 95-point rating in Wine Spectator, and bearing the initials of a larger-than-life character. It’s a wine marketer’s dream!
Made by George Spies who was the winemaker of Monis at the time and reportedly the grapes were from Durbanville.' – 95/100, Wine Spectator

'...the GSs more than held their own, the 1968 a dark russet colour; the 1966 slightly more amber; both still brilliantly clear with only a little sediment. In terms of flavour profile, the 1968 was all bright fruit and Christmas pudding; smooth on the palate with a good tannin grip, nice acid bite and clean finish. The 1966 had all that, plus mushroomy, leathery, forest-floor notes and a slight salty-liquorice aftertaste.'
From Jancis Robinson.com

'Concentrated, deep-crimson color. Pauillaclike weight and textures. Still some berry freshness. Ample spice, mid-palate tarry sweetness balancing fresh but well-integrated tannins.' – 19/20, Michael Fridjhon

For those interested in reading more about the George Spies story, I have tried to sum up all the information available in one article.

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'A truly iconic wine in South African wine history kindly brought to a lunch at Test Kitchen by Roland Peens of retailer Wine Cellar. Absolutely stunning – such a beautiful combination of maturity and delicacy – but with far more fruit integrity than most 1966 red Bordeaux would have now. Perhaps it was hard work in its youth but I imagine it will be at least a few months before I tasted a mature Cabernet as good as this. Apparently it was once compared with Ch Margaux 1966 and knocked spots off it, but Palmer would probably have put up more of a fight. Lightly minty, fragrant and it spread right across the palate with satin texture. Gorgeous. The only other known vintage was 1968, I was told.' – Jancis Robinson February 2015. Score: 20/20

Drink 1985-2025

Previous comments below:

This bottle is in excellent condition with upper shoulder ullage.

'It’s the stuff of legend: a wine spoken about in hushed tones of reverence and awe over the years, even before James Molesworth gave it its unprecedented 95-point rating in Wine Spectator, and bearing the initials of a larger-than-life character. It’s a wine marketer’s dream!
Made by George Spies who was the winemaker of Monis at the time and reportedly the grapes were from Durbanville.' – 95/100, Wine Spectator

'...the GSs more than held their own, the 1968 a dark russet colour; the 1966 slightly more amber; both still brilliantly clear with only a little sediment. In terms of flavour profile, the 1968 was all bright fruit and Christmas pudding; smooth on the palate with a good tannin grip, nice acid bite and clean finish. The 1966 had all that, plus mushroomy, leathery, forest-floor notes and a slight salty-liquorice aftertaste.'
From Jancis Robinson.com

'Concentrated, deep-crimson color. Pauillaclike weight and textures. Still some berry freshness. Ample spice, mid-palate tarry sweetness balancing fresh but well-integrated tannins.' – 19/20, Michael Fridjhon

For those interested in reading more about the George Spies story, I have tried to sum up all the information available in one article.

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JR 20

Country

ZA

Region

Durbanville

Style

Red

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