Super bordeaux blend from famed Stellenbosch estate, Vergelegen. Ripe fruits with plum and and cassis flavours, polished with a lovely touch of spice, mocha and chocolate from the 18 months barrel ageing. A lot of wine for the money!
Although headlined as a Cab/Merlot blend, it does in fact contact 5 of the 6 permitted bordeaux varieties. More specifically, the wine is made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. In case you're wondering, the missing grape is Carmenere. This wine enjoyed 18 months in oak (20% of which was new) before bottling.
Since 1700, Vergelegen (meaning “lying far away”) has been a historic estate in Somerset West, 25 miles west of Cape Town and a few miles from Stellenbosch. Extending over 3000 hectares, from the banks of the Lourens River to the rock faces of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, Vergelegen is one of South’s Africa’s most prominent wineries. This is reflected by the fact its wines have earned more than 200 local and international awards since 1999 including the coveted Château Pichon Longueville. If you're visiting South Africa, this Estate should definitely be on your radar for some wine tourism.
In 1989, an extensive project was undertaken to re-establish the vineyards following intensive climatic and soil tests. A detailed master plan was drawn up for the re-development of the farm and in 1992, an impressive, multi-levelled, sunken hilltop winery was built and opened by none other than Baron Eric de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite in Bordeaux. The design of the winery is unlike any previously built in South Africa and mis based on the principles of gentle handling, visual control and natural gravity flow. This was undoubtedly the start of Vergelegen’s renaissance. Boasting a rich array of twenty one different soil types, some of which are among the most ancient agricultural soils in the world, vines have mainly been established on clovelly, glenrosa and pinedene soils. These soils are characterised by a high clay content, ensuring good water retention during the critical early-Summer ripening stage.The unique combination of all the elements that make up the terroir of Vergelegen is key to the production of its signature style of wines. The growing climate is mild due to the close proximity to the chilly Atlantic Ocean at False Bay six kilometres away, with vineyard sites ranging in altitude between 140m and 310m above sea level and slopes facing north to northwest and south to south-east.
Vergelegen’s unique and rich vineyard holdings allow award winning winemaker, André van Rensburg, to pursue his hunger for excellence, creativity and innovation. A self-proclaimed ‘perfectionist’, van Rensburg’s unwavering attention to detail and his passionate, longstanding team have ensured that Vergelegen’s winemaking philosophy of “harmony between the old and the new” has never faltered in the nineteen years that he’s been leading the winemaking efforts.
In terms of grape varieties, Vergelegen is planted with classic international varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Chardonnay for the whites and Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Shiraz for the reds. With only 149 hectares taken up with vineyard plantings, the rest of the estate has been ringfenced for environmental conservation. Situated in one of the richest floral regions of the world, the Vergelegen estate is home to some of the Cape’s most pristine natural flora and fauna. The importance and scale of the conservation project undertaken at Vergelegen is shown by the fact that it is considered the biggest private environmental project of its kind in South Africa.