Jancis Robinson: An Impressive 17/20 for Retief's 'Expression'
".....mid bright crimson. Low-key but reasonably subtle nose with some leather and some black-fruit quality with a hint of tar. Very impressive tannin management - rather reminds me of a top California Cabernet! Lightly spicy on the finish. Pretty smart! 17/20" Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com, January 2012
The single-vineyard, site-specific Goose range of Fine Wines are truly unique. It is hand-crafted in high altitude vineyards on the northern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains, in the heart of the famous Garden Route of South Africa. These unique world-class wines are vineyard specific. The Upper-Langkloof wine ward boasts low annual temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius, creating elegant styled wines with a classic finish. These "cool-climate" wines are exceptional examples of the grape varietals. The very cool and fresh "terroir" allows for late season ripening with the Cabernet Sauvignon harvested as late as May - the latest in South Africa!
Typically, these are complex and sophisticated wines, which are appreciated by wine connoisseurs around the world.
The Goose Expression is the flagship in our range of vineyard specific wine from the Upper-Langkloof Ward near George. Each year we choose the best performing rows of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from our single-vineyard blocks on the farm and mature it in French Oak for a period of 12-18 months. Since these wines are so vintage and site specific, the percentage combination of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon differs each vintage.
The fruit that goes into the Expression is characterized by its intense forwardness and unique tannin structure. The annual temperature is a mere 17 degrees Celsius, which means a long, even ripening period, which results in grapes of intense fruit, balance, structure and elegance.
Although the blend of the Expression differs every year, there is always lovely herbaceous tones and white pepper flavours of the Shiraz which fuse with the soft, blackberry undertones of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Goose Wines - gold from the heights of the Garden Route.