|Because of an uncompromising ‘quality over quantity’ standard, only 3 410 numbered bottles were produced. Top international wine making expertise (the famous Bordeaux wine consultant, Denis Dubourdieu is on the team), perfect craftsmanship and innovative technologies were combined with the best of South African talent and natural resources. The result is a wine that bridges the gap between the Old and the New World. Power and intensity is matched by an intense freshness, finesse and refinement, a combination rarely tasted before. Deeply integrated tannins provide a lengthy finish, suggesting extraordinary ageing potential that promises to survive many of us.
The G. 2010 represents the coming together of the shared passion of a group of European and South African wine lovers. Their vision for the G. 2010 was to create the best wine to come out of South Africa to date, which meant having a ‘no compromise’ approach to every aspect of creating the wine.
The winemaking team behind G. 2010 combines over 100 years of expertise. The first part of the team is Denis Dubourdieu, the legendary French professor, wine consultant and winemaker who works with famous estates such as Cheval Blanc, Château Yquem, Hermitage La Chapelle and Jaboulet Ainé. Denis has been the godfather to icon wines scoring up to 100 points for years. For him, the G. 2010 was a real ‘heart project’, and with his legendary wine expertise, he is naturally an integral part of the team. The second is Giorgio Dalla Cia, the famous Italian born South African winemaker best known for his work at the Meerlust Estate. He was South Africa's Champion Winemaker in 1980 and producer of the best red blend in the world in 2006. The third and fourth are the local wine makers behind the project - Mia Fischer and Jeanine Faure. These talented young wine makers both graduated from Stellenbosch, and have both gained invaluable international experience working at award-winning wine estates in New Zealand, Australia, California and France.
The G. 2010 is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and each berry is literally handpicked. Ten to fifteen times more labour than the average goes into creating this wine, with the chosen rows in the twelve vineyards being especially well looked after, almost as if they were part of the family. The result is perfectly described by CEO Philipp G. Axt: “Grapes that almost look like caviar in the barrel. Picture perfect.”
The G. 2010’s packaging reflects the same quality of the wine. Each high quality glass bottle is hand numbered and individually packaged in an exquisitely handcrafted wooden box made from Iroko wood. The label, printed to Gallery-standard in Switzerland using four different printing techniques, features a miniature painting by German artist Sebastian Blinde. It represents the Cape’s natural beauty, with, amongst others, an eagle intertwined with the letter G. Further, when viewed under UV light, a hidden message appears on the label. The corks used are the best available, and still go through 5 stages of selection before ending up in a G. 2010 bottle. The acclaimed Château Yquem is the only other wine producer to have access to these corks. On top of that, each bottle employs 5 visible and invisible security features, ensuring the absolute authenticity of the wines. With so much attention to detail put into this wine, its clear that the G.2010 is not just another high quality wine, but indeed an ‘object of rare luxury’….
But, the wine is not only highly respected in South Africa; it also started collecting top international ratings. In René Gabriel – the well-known Swiss wine critic’s words - “This new and still completely unknown blend has the potential to become an icon and I will award it a well-deserved high rating.” With Gabriel’s rating of 19 out of 20 points, this rare and desirable new South African wine is sure to take the international world of wine by storm. Jeff Leve, the renowned US wine critic, concludes with his comment, “The wine sets a benchmark for quality, price and rarity in South Africa”.
For 4G Wines, there is simply no compromise for quality. Hence, the G. 2010 will remain accessible to only a happy few. Available only through a very exclusive international dealer network and some handpicked 5-star hotels and restaurants in South Africa and abroad, this ‘First Growth of the Cape’ promises a peak of excitement that the most seasoned connoisseurs will enjoy.
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