"NEW WORLD WINERY OF THE YEAR, Wine Enthousiast Magazine USA 2005" / "BEST SOUTH AFRICAN WINERY" Wine Magazine SA 2004-2008 / "MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER" Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show SA 2002-2004/2006


GVB WHITE BLEND *201525.70
Pale green color with full ripe Semillon flavours dominating. The wine is rich and complex with a long aftertaste. Serve at 12-14C. Most enjoyable with oysters, crayfish, poultry and fish. Blend consisting of 40% Semillon and 60% Schaapenberg Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon was fermented in 25% new Francois Frere barrels and the Sauvignon in old 500l barrels.
Platter: 95; IWR: 94
Bright, pale yellow. Pungent yet subtle scents of grapefruit pith, tarragon, crushed herbs and minerals. Broad, ripe and intense, with a slightly yellow-fruit sweetness to its penetrating fruit-driven flavours. Combines a wonderfully smooth texture with considerable power.
Tanzer: 91
Attractive light green colour. Nose shows delicate citrus, white flowers, honey and spice. The wine is finely focused, complex and well balanced with a crisp acidity. Excellent with mussel soup, salmon, grilled Yellowtail and chicken. Stunning with seared tuna and scallops. Eight months fermentation took place in 225 litre French oak barrels.
Tim Atkin: 94, Platter: 93
STRAW WINE *201310.25
Grapes were either dried on the vines or on wooden pallets. The grapes were not crushed or de-stemmed but fermented on the skins. The fermenting sweet juice was transferred to old barrels for completion of alcoholic fermentation. Ripe, tropical fruit abounds on the nose but the wine does not become dull and uninteresting due to marvelous acidity and freshness on the palate. Serve well chilled at 8-10 degrees Centigrade. Do not serve with chocolate in any form! Blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.
Platter: ****½
Bright dark red. On the nose striking cassis underlined with cedar and a fresh ripe fruit character. On the palate the freshness carries through with a sprightly, lingering finish. Blend comprising 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec. Spend 18 months in oak barrels (20% new).
Tim Atkin: 91
The wine is complex, showing blackcurrants, spice, ripe plums and attractive wood aromas and flavours. It is full and rich with prominent tannins that bodes well for future ageing. The wine spent 17 months in barrel; 40% new oak from coopers Taransaud & Darnajou.
Tim Atkin: 92, Platter: 93
First Thought Cabernet Sauvignon is from a modern, early ripening clone on north-westerly facing slopes. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 100% new, the nose shows red currant and plums, rose petal and the merest hint of fynbos. The palate is medium bodied with pure fruit, fresh acidity and a classically dry finish. Only 4 barrels made. Winemakers comment: Deep colour with aromas of black currant, cocoa powder, chicory and peppery herbs balanced with subtle sweetness and supported by firm ripe tannins.
Platter: 92,  92/100
The Last Word Cabernet Sauvignon is from a 1999 vineyard planted to a late-ripening clone. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose shows cassis but also some red currant plus fresh herbs in the best sense. The palate is full bodied with again lovely fruit purity but also a more rigid structure, the tannins firm and chewy. Only 5 barrels made. Winemakers comment: Classical Cabernet at its best with ripe aromas of cassis, plum, currant, spices and cocoa powder with firm tannins, amazing length and seamless mouth filling impression of weight.
Platter: 91, 94/100.
The 2013 V is a composed and elegant Cabernet dominated wine with supple tannins and a long aftertaste. Elegant, restrained and confident, with reined-in power, supple body and texture, seductive detail. The wine can be enjoyed on release but will most definitely improve over the next 20 years. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Petit Verdot 5%, Merlot 5% and Cabernet Franc 5%. The V was matured in 100% new French oak for 18 months.
Tim Atkin: 95, Platter: 94
The Merlot goes by the moniker of The Mistake due to a misunderstanding in volume requirements and instead of putting a blend together of 3 000 twelve-bottle cases, a 300-case lot was created. Matured for 17 months in French oak, 50% new, the wine has a sense of great refinement about it. The nose shows red and black fruit, pencil shavings plus hints of floral perfume and dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied with very fine, supple tannins. Only 14 barrels made. Winemakers comment: Expressive red currant, plum, spike cake and tobacco on the nose and palate, balanced with supple, suave and fine-grained tannins and a long intense finish.
Tim Atkin: 93, 91/100.