Robertson, South Africa
Always expect the best from each grape each vintage
The Great Expectations range is produced by Jan du Toit at Goedverwacht Estate, beautifully situated in between Robertson and Bonnievale on the banks of the Breede River. Jan is the second generation at the helm of the property, following his father Gabriël, who bought the farm in the 1950’s. With a total of 172 hectares under vine, the best plots have been identified for each variety and only the selected fruit from these specific sites goes into the Great Expectations labels.
How we found them/How Richard found them: South Africa is known for its value – compared to other regions you get so much more in the bottle for each pound you spend – and vibrant wine scene. I’m delighted we found Jan’s Great Expectation wines that offer real varietal expressions at incredible value.
Goedverwacht Estate started off when Gabriël Hendrik du Toit, a civil engineer dreaming of becoming a vine grower, bought two estates – totalling 70 ha – on Breede River Valley and built what would become the estate’s first winery. The venture would slowly and steadily grow: Gabriël himself bought a third property to start the well-renowned dairy farm Soek die Geluk; between 1989 and 2015, Jan and Gawie du Toit, the current owners, added five more farms to the first generation’s expanse. Today the family’s properties total of 380 ha of which 172 are under vine.
The estate spans a diverse range of terroirs, soil types and micro-climates from which Jan has identified the best-suited for each specific variety. Jan is a strong advocate of the moto “Your wine is only as good as your grapes”. The ethos is perfectly encapsulated in the Great Expectations range for which only selected fruit from the best plots is used. Each bottle should bring out the most expressive example of each given grape and vintage, in wines with distinctive character with an inherent fruit purity and elegance. And each new vintage brings with it an expectation of even further improvement and new possibilities.
The meticulous attention to detail out in the vineyards along with sustainable farming practices and a minimalist approach in the cellar brings about perfectly-crafted wines. The original 1950’s cellar has since been expanded and modernised. Jan, together with his son Gawie, who joined Goedverwacht in 2013, co-own and manage the estate together and jointly keep a determined strategy towards sustainability and innovation.
Location: Robertson, South Africa
Working with us since: 2018
Total area under vine: 172 hectares
Our pick of the best wine from this producer: Triangle Bordeaux Blend
Interesting fact: The blue crane featured on Goedverwacht’s label is the national bird of South Africa and is an endangered species. A baby blue crane was once found at Goedverwacht one morning. The bird was saved and nurtured back to health. It eventually spread its wings and returned to nature.