Vergelegen Special Reserve Merlot 2015, todays over R120 wine for #sawinelockdown, and perfect with Dianne Bibby’s Roast leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade…

Vergelegen Special Reserve Merlot 2015

With Vergelegen it is accepted that any bottle you open, will be a fine wine, a perfect expression of its variety of wine grape or style of wine. Andre van Rensburg is a Master Wine Maker. The fruit he uses for this quite absurdly amazing wine come from the from Rooiland and Stonepine vineyards on the Estate. Hand harvested at peak physiological ripeness, there is sufficient acidity to carry the wine and the tannins are ripe and soft. Not for nothing is Vergelegen known as one of the World’s Best Vineyards,

Andre van Rensburg, legendary Cellarmaster at Vergelegen Wine Estate

Once in the cellar, Andre and his team destem and crush the grapes which ferment is stainless steel tanks. A 7-day period of on skin maceration took place, during this time malolactic fermentation also happened. The wine is then racked to 225 litre French oak barrels, where is lies in maturation for 16 months. The wine was then prepared for bottling.

Lady Phillips of Vergelegen,  she and her husband were owners of Vergelegen

Pour
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, appropriate for this grape. Closed with a high quality natural cork. The livery is in an elegant black with clever use of the Vergelegen logo and very readable fonts. In the glass, the wine is a gem bright, dark bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges.  The aromas are of dark fruit, mulberries, roadside brambles, fresh prune plums and Bing cherries. The palate is rich and generous, soft and packed with fruit and a touch of dark chocolate and oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. Long, long, gently waning aftertaste – sigh causing. Andre made this wine with the co-operation of the well-known and much respected ‘flying’ French Winemaker Michel Rolland. While drinking eminently [oh so eminently] now the 2015 Merlot Reserve will benefit from up to 10 years with cool cellaring. A truly impressive glass.

Dianne Bibby’s Roast leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade

Pair
The Vergelegen Special Reserve Merlot 2015 is a serious wine and made for well-prepared food. The traditional Sunday Roast, with rustly crisp roasties and real, real gravy is the perfect partner, though there are some wrinkles which are much fun. Dianne Bibby published some twenty Easter recipes last week. Dianne Bibby’s Roast leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade is just the most wondrous match. Click HERE for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby, one of the country’s finest cooks & food writers

Read more about Vergelegen Wine Estate – CLICK HERE

 

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