4G Wine Estate of South Africa has partnered exclusively with U.S. importer Cult & Icon, of Sausalito, California, to offer icon red wine “G.” in the United States for the first time. A very limited release of 150 six-bottle cases of “G.” 2010 and 100 cases of 2011 “G. – A Tribute to C.P.” are available exclusively via mailing list, on a first come, first served basis.
“We are proud to be the exclusive distributor of a very limited wine allocation of “G.,” said Guido Polko, Proprietor of Cult & Icon Wines. “We tasted these wines and were astonished and impressed, as they are, by far, some of the finest wines we have ever tasted.”
Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser says, “Using the Penfolds ‘Grange’ model of blending minuscule quantities of the very finest fruit taken from top Coastal Region vineyards….(they) have created “G.,” a world class red that surely is the ‘First Growth’ of South Africa and imminently the country’s finest wine.”
Wine experts agree that “G.” is on par with well-known California and French cult wines. Master Sommelier Frank Kämmer says, “It’s quite obvious that this wine will become the next Screaming Eagle.” “A remarkable wine with a density of fruit that reminds me of a Chateau Margaux from a good powerful vintage,” says Roberto R. Chiaradia, international fine wine broker with Arcum Wine Trading. Jeff Leve, of The Wine Cellar Insider, calls it “a benchmark for quality, price and rarity in South Africa.”
“G.” 2010, and the 2011 “G. – A Tribute to C.P.,” are a collaboration by famed Bordeaux winemaker Denis Dubourdieu and South African wine legend Giorgio Dalla Cia. Numbered by hand, the bottles are made from heavy black glass and the labels are illustrated by German artist Sebastian Blinde, referencing South Africa’s lush vegetation and wildlife. The custom six-bottle box is hewn from the wood of the rare native African Iroko tree and is engraved with the label image.
“Our obsessive commitment to quality, the very limited number of bottles that we produce and our dedication to create wine as a total work of art, made “G.” turn instantly into a collector’s item,” said Philipp G. Axt, CEO, 4G Wine Estate.