THE FIRST GROWTH OF THE CAPE

Drawing from the best of the Old and the New World.
Destined to take its place among the greatest wines of the
globe.

THE FIRST GROWTH OF THE CAPE

Drawing from the best of the Old and the New World.
Destined to take its place among the greatest wines of the
globe.

THE FIRST GROWTH OF THE CAPE

Drawing from the best of the Old and the New World.
Destined to take its place among the greatest wines of the
globe.

THE FIRST GROWTH OF THE CAPE

Drawing from the best of the Old and the New World.
Destined to take its place among the greatest wines of the
globe.

THE FIRST GROWTH OF THE CAPE

Drawing from the best of the Old and the New World.
Destined to take its place among the greatest wines of the
globe.

Our Story

Cape Town, South Africa, February 1659

On the 2nd of February 1659, Jan van Riebeeck, the first Commander of the Cape, noted in his diary: “Fine warm weather… Today, praise be to God, wine was made for the first time from Cape grapes.”

Stellenbosch, South Africa, February 2009

On the 2nd of February 2009, three hundred and fifty vintages later, four men share a passion for wine and a vision for the future: a world-class wine from South Africa, combining the best terroirs of the Cape with Old World winemaking expertise. On the ground was Giorgio Dalla Cia, whose knowledge of South African vineyards is legendary. Thrilled by the idea, the late Denis Dubourdieu joined the group: master winemaker to numerous icon wines in Bordeaux, Hermitage and elsewhere.

The first vintage G. 2010 was released to rave reviews.
The 2011 and 2012 continue to set a new Standard – on par with and above the greatest wines of the world.
The 2013 constantly breaks preconceptions in international blind tastings.
The First Growth of the Cape is conquering the globe.

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We strive to produce a wine that is very intense and powerful, though displaying detail in flavor to an extent I haven’t yet experienced in South African Wines.”
Denis Dubourdieu
Wines

All our work is targeted to create the best possible wine of the country – the only one that is entitled to carry the “G.” as the First Growth of the Cape. A multi-terroir blend, we pay honor to the personality of every vintage that makes it unique within the G. genealogy.
Our second wine echoes the Grand Vin.

G. 2013

Legendary winemaker Denis Dubourdieu teams up again with young South African talent Mia Fischer to create the ‘First Growth of the Cape’. Uncompromised quality is the leitmotiv for this wine that is determined to set new standards – with a strict limitation of 4488 bottles.

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G. 2012

Legendary winemaker Denis Dubourdieu teams up with young South African talent Mia Fischer to create the ‘First Growth of the Cape’. Uncompromised quality is the leitmotiv for this wine that is determined to set new standards
– with a strict limitation of 3745 bottles in its third vintage.

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G. 2011 – A TRIBUTE TO C.P.

Further refinement of the vision. Balanced perfectly between the New and the Old World, with an intensity of fruit that speaks to Napa Valley, and a structure that leans towards the Right Bank. An extremely limited production of 1943 bottles.

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G. 2010

Delicate, delicious, inimitable. A powerful statement for the terroir of South Africa, refined and cultured by the touch of an Old World Master. Purity, harmony, complexity and elegance. Seductive now, with the potential for extended ageing. A limited production of 3410 bottles.

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THE ECHO OF G. 2011

THE ECHO OF G. reflects on the new wine crafted by legendary winemakers Denis Dubourdieu and Giorgio Dalla Cia together with young South African talent Mia Fischer. Second wine to the ‘First Growth of the Cape’, this oeuvre enjoys the same compromised quality as G. – and is ultimately born during blending.

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A world class red that is surely the ‘First Growth’ of South Africa and imminently the country’s finest wine.”
- Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier
People

One hundred years of winemaking expertise at the highest level. Energy, enthusiasm and vision.

Old World Masterminds

Prof Denis Dubourdieu

The late Denis Dubourdieu is Decanter’s Man of the Year 2016, a Godfather of Icon wines, master winemaker behind the wines of Château Cheval Blanc and Château d’Yquem in Bordeaux, and La Chapelle in Hermitage, and professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux. Denis Dubourdieu has crafted some of the greatest wines of his generation. At 4G, he recognized that rarest of visions, the terroir to make a wine that will stand as an equal to the greatest wines from around the world. It is a challenge that he embraced.

Denis Dubourdieu will be remembered as one of the greatest winemakers of our time, leaving an immense legacy of knowledge and inspiration at 4G. We are deeply grateful to have had the honour of knowing and working together with Denis until his very last moment.

Dr Valérie Lavigne

Valérie Lavigne has worked as an associate with Denis Dubourdieu for more than twenty years. A renowned expert in the science of wine aromas, she is also recognized world-wide for her research on the ageing process of wines. Her work with 4G continually pushes us forward, upward.

Resident Winemakers

Giorgio Dalla Cia

A living legend in South Africa, creator of such wines as Rubicon at Meerlust Estate, Giorgio Dalla Cia has been the Spiritus Rector of 4G. A visionary pioneer in his native land, he combines an unparalleled knowledge of the vineyards and terroirs of the Cape with a drive that permits no obstacles.

Mia Fischer

Feet on the ground, hands in the wine. Mia Fischer has winemaking experience in four countries on three continents. She is the craftsman that realizes the vision of her guiding lights, Denis and Giorgio. Tireless, with a painstaking attention to details, Mia carefully carries the wines from the crush pad to the bottle.

Artist In Residence

Sebastian Blinde

Trained at the famous Berlin Weissensee school of design, Sebastian’s work has appeared in exhibitions in Berlin, Zurich, Riga and Hannover. Creative ideas flow effortlessly from his mind. His uncanny eye for the natural world, combined with an endlessly creative application of flawless technique, make his work a perfect match for 4G.

GESAMTKUNSTWERK
Following the concept of Richard Wagner, we strive to make our wine a total work of art – a "Gesamtkunstwerk". Every element of G. is an opportunity to create art, to fulfill a vision.
THE ART OF VITICULTURE
Individual vines are meticulously selected from the best terroirs in more than a dozen different vineyards across South Africa’s Western Cape region. In our philosophy, the viticultural unit is not the vineyard, nor the row. It is the individual vine. Our approach is referred to as ‘precision viticulture’ – achieving perfect ripeness for all grapes at the moment of harvest.
THE ART OF SELECTION
There are three secrets to harvesting at 4G Wines: selection, selection, and selection. Each single berry has to go through our hands to be meticulously checked. Only those which pass this selection are allowed to be vinified.
THE ART OF VINIFICATION
The hand-selected grapes are partially fermented by using the method ‘vinification intégrale’ in new oak barrels. This allows for an early integration of silky tannins into the wine. We only work with the best artisanal cooperages, hand-selecting top barriques individually made by ‘Maître Tonneliers de France’.
THE ART OF BLENDING
The moment when wine becomes ‘G.’ is the most mystical step in the process of our winemaking. Our master winemakers bring more than 30 years of experience at dozens of world-class châteaux to bear. The goal is to create a world-class wine with personality and an extraordinary ageing potential.
THE ART OF PACKAGING
Sebastian Blinde, our artist in residence, evolves the hand-drawn label of G. with every new vintage. Each label is a miniature work of art printed with gallery-grade techniques. The wood case made from rare native Iroko trees is engraved with Sebastian’s etching for the respective vintage, reflecting the vision and attention to detail we put into every element of our wine.
Credentials
Feedback from leading international wine experts confirms that G. receives recognition for being the First Growth of the Cape.
Falstaff

“100 Points put to the Test”

“A dream of a wine … providing reliable future potential.”
“Evidently there is a new cult wine emerging on the international wine market.”
97/100

Peter Moser / Ulrich Sautter
Austrian-German Wine Magazine falstaff

René Gabriel

“World class at a world class price”

“This new and still completely unknown blend… absolutely has potential to become an icon and I will reward it a well-deserved high rating.”

“Extremely concentrated palate with a clear Cabernet message sent to Harlan.”
19/20

René Gabriel
Switzerland’s foremost wine authority

Germain Lehodey

“It is like swallowing silk. This big wine should be able to age beautifully for the next 25 years… This deserves my best ever mark for a South African wine”
97/100

Germain Lehodey
Sommelier
Mosaic at The Orient, Pretoria

John Mariani

“…This is a wonderful wine and the proprietors are doing all of the right things to get it its place among the great growths.”

John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet Newsletter

FINE Wine Magazine

“The South African Shooting Star”

“Wine experts put 4G in one category with Screaming Eagle and Opus One, the most exclusive Boutique Wineries.”
“…the most promising wine of South Africa.”

FINE – Das Weinmagazin, Germany, June/September 2016

Wine Spectator

“A deft combination of power and freshness, the wine ties for highest-scoring red in this report.”

James Molesworth
Wine Spectator, May 2012

Contact

4G Wines (Pty) Ltd

10 Beckham Street, Gardens
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa

4G Wines AG

Sonnenhof 3
8808 Pfäffikon SZ
Switzerland

For more information, please email us at: info@4g-wines.com

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