When I think Vergelegen, I remember going there as a little boy in the early 1950s to watch polo with my parents, and then in the late 1960s having tea with Cynthia Barlow in the incredible Manor House with its huge trees in front. How different things are now, and how wonderful that the public can visit this glorious estate and appreciate one of the most perfect of the great South African Wine Farms. Vergelegen is a place of immaculate beauty and is producing world class wines, made in the unique cellar up on the hill by Andre van Rensburg, a pretty unique man himself.
The grapes for the Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 come from the Estate’s North to Northwest facing Rooiland and Stonepine vineyards which are made up of decomposed Granite, Hutton and Clovelly soils. Once harvested the grapes are fermented in a selection of open top and closed fermenters. Pump overs took place regularly every 6 hours during early fermentation to extract colour and soft tannins. Once fermented, the wine was taken to a mix of French Oak Barrels from the Coopers Taransaud, Darnajou & Sylvain for 17 months. 40% of the barrels were new. The wine was prepared for bottling on 27th October 2014.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is classic simple elegant Vergelegen. In the glass, the wine is a classy bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the rim. The aromas are classical Cabernet, Cassis, blueberries, plums and an undertow of oak. The palate is about as rich and generous as you get, with a lovely line of fruit acidity and mildly grippy tannins running through it well into the long and gently waning aftertaste. All of these are good indicators of ageing. Red and blackberry fruits, roadside brambles and mulberries, are well supported by the oak with its concomitant spice and vanilla. This is certainly one of the most impressive of Cape Wines, and with Stellenbosch parading its great Cabernets, this is a wine in the forefront of that parade. The one twirling the baton.
The Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a serious food wine and needs to be honoured with a traditional Sunday Roast Lunch with all the accompaniments, the crisp rustly roast potatoes, the real gravy and appropriate garnishes. Perhaps a weeknight supper of Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Steak & Red Wine Jus with Beetroot & Cauliflower Mash after a long hard day when you want to treat yourselves, would be a great partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
Vergelegen is now open for drive-thru wine orders and collections from Monday-Thursday between 09h00-16h45 from the Wine Tasting Centre (delivery of wine can also be arranged). Vergelegen is also offering a drive-thru food experience from Stables and Camphors restaurants from Monday-Sunday with collections between 11h00-18h00 (pre-ordering required). Wine can also be ordered with your restaurant collection from Monday to Thursday.
Read more about Vergelegen Wine Estate – CLICK HERE