Live Virtual Auction, 14 September 2021

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ZAR 91 040
Lot 2
  • GS; Cabernet; 1966; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml
  • GS; Cabernet; 1966; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml

Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 40 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
ZAR 91 040
Wine Storage

About this Item

Cabernet, 1966
1 (1 x 1) 750ml
The GS 1966 Cabernet is shrouded in mystery and remains South Africa’s rarest wine. The GS Cabernet was an experiment by George Spies, then winemaker at Monis, in 1966 and 1968. His aim was to produce a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that had the ability to age, which was not common at the time. There is a mystery surrounding the winemaking, reportedly sourced from Durbanville.  The bottles were given away by Spies, reportedly very tannic and rustic in its youth. As the wine matured, rare bottles become recognised by pundits such as Michael Fridjhon and James Molesworth of Wine Spectator. Today, there can’t be more than a 2 dozen pristine bottles in existence.
This wine has been checked and re-corked by Amorim cork under supervision of auction curator Higgo Jacobs, assuring provenance, quality and long life. Seal code DH-671759 can be traced on Amorim Recorking Directory

Critics Ratings

'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 taste 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 2011, 20/20



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