Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012

At Vergelegen all grapes are handpicked followed by storage in a refrigerated container at -20°C for 48 hours. The cool grapes (8-10°C) are then carefully sorted on combinations of vibrating tables and slow moving conveyors, where between 1,5-3 tons are sorted per hour. The grapes are de-stemmed but not crushed and the grapes/must cold soaked for 7 days followed by a feral fermentation lasting 96 hours. Eventually, cultured yeast is added and the juice fermented dry.  The young red wine is now macerated on the skins for a further 4-7 weeks before going to barrel.  After 18 months in barrel (20% new), bottling took place from 11-16 December 2013. Total production amounted to 129 000 bottles.  Released May 2017.

Region: Stellenbosch

Grape varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

Alc. 14,5% vol.

Residual sugar: 2,2g/l

Total acidity: 5,6g/l

pH: 3,56

Maturation: Drinking well now but will improve even more in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.

Volume: 750ml

Awards: John Platter 4****

Stephen Tanzer (US) Score: 88/100

Tim Atkin: 90/100

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite

Importer: 

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Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2013

Bright dark red. On the nose striking cassis underlined with cedar and a fresh ripe fruit character. On the palate the freshness carries through with a sprightly, lingering finish.

Region: Stellenbosch

Grape varieties: 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec

Food suggestions: A great companion for most foods, including pizzas, pastas and meat or chicken dishes, or enjoy on its own!

Serving temperature: Serve between 16.5°C-17.5° C.

Alc. 14,07% vol.

Residual sugar: 3,24g/l

Total acidity: 5,3g/l

pH: 3,55

Vinification: At Vergelegen all grapes are handpicked followed by storage in a refrigerated container at -20°C for 48 hours. The cool grapes (8-10°C) are then carefully sorted on combinations of vibrating tables and slow moving conveyors, where between 1,5-3 tons are sorted per hour. The grapes are de-stemmed but not crushed and the grapes/must cold soaked for 7 days followed by a feral fermentation lasting 4 days, after which cultured yeast was added and fermented until dry.  The young red wine was then macerated on the skins for a further 6-7 weeks before going into barrel for 18 months (20% new) and finally bottled in early December 2014.  Released September 2019.

Maturation: Drinking beautifully and will improve even more in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.

Awards for 2012:

John Platter 4****

Stephen Tanzer (US) Score: 88/100

Tim Atkin: 90/100

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains Sulfite

Importer:

Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH

Erikastraße 67

20251 Hamburg

Germany

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Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Pure, vibrant aromas of lime blossom, gooseberry, ripe guava, fresh passion fruit, white pepper and quince.  Shows amazing elegance, balancing perfect acidity with ripe fruit. The 2016 harvest was exceptionally early with harvesting of Sauvignon Blanc commencing on 29 January and finishing on 9 February and due to the worst drought since 1904, the crop for white grapes was reduced by 50%.  The wine is very satisfying and one of the most remarkable adventures since I started here in 1998. Please enjoy chilled with fresh asparagus, grilled or baked fish and chicken kebabs. The grapes for this premium Sauvignon Blanc were all from Vergelegen’s own vineyards.

Vinification:

Grapes from the selected vineyards were hand harvested at peak ripeness and transported to the Vergelegen cellar in wooden bins.  Parcels were selected and these parcels could be individual rows or fractions of blocks and everything was vinified separately. No chemical or enzymatic additions were made and we re-examined and reviewed everything that was accepted as protocols over the previous 18 vintages.  To add complexity, musts and finished wines were kept in contact with their lees by stirring at least once daily.

Region: Stellenbosch

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Alc. 13,95% vol. 

Residual sugar: 1,9g/l

Total acidity: 6,6g/l

pH: 3,08

Awards for 2017:

John Platter 4****

Stephen Tanzer (US): 88/100 Points

Tim Atkin (UK): 91/100

Neal Martin (US): 88/100

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains sulfite

Importer:

Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH

Erikastraße 67

20251 Hamburg

Germany

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Vergelegen Chardonnay 2017

The wine shows an attractive lemony yellow-green colour with a complex nose of citrus, peach, tropical fruit and mineral tones. The palate is long and full with delicate wooding. Beautifully refined and elegant. This is the 5th year that entirely Estate-grown grapes have been used in the making of the Premium Chardonnay. The vineyards were cropped at 6 tons/ha - 70% of the grapes were barrel fermented and the rest in wooden tanks.  Selections were made in August 2016 before bottling in November 2016.  The grapes selected for this premium Chardonnay were sourced from Vergelegen’s Korhaan, Rooiland,  Rocklands , Slanghoek and Lower Schaapenberg vineyards.

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Alc. 14,26% vol.

Residual sugar: 1,5g/l

Total acidity: 5,8g/l

pH: 3,34

Vinification:

Grapes were whole-bunch pressed and not given any skin contact. The juice, slightly clarified, was racked into 20% new French oak barrels (Francois Frère, Dargaud & Jaegle and 80% second, third and fourth fill barrels) for alcoholic fermentation. All the different vineyards were barrel fermented and matured on the lees for 8 months before bottling in November 2016.  Released: end January 2018.

Maturation: Drink over the next five years.

Awards for 2017:

John Platter 4****

Stephen Tanzer (US): 90/100

Tim Atkin (UK): 92/100 

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains sulfite

Importer:

Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH

Erikastraße 67

Hamburg

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Vergelegen Merlot Reserve 2014

Ripe plum colour with a ruby rim.  The nose shows ripe fruit flavours, black cherries, plum, spice and a touch of chocolate.  The ripeness of the fruit is balanced by fresh fruit acidity with soft wood and fruit tannins.  The aftertaste is long and lasting.

Region: Stellenbosch

Grape varieties: 100% Merlot

Alc. 14,5% vol.

Residual sugar: 4,4g/l

Total acidity: 5,6g/l

pH: 3,5

Vinification:

The fruit was picked at peak physiological ripeness to avoid the necessity of adding acid and prevent the extraction of hard tannins. Picking took place from 6 to 20 March 2013. The grape juice was inoculated with two yeast strains, D21 and D254. Fermentation took place at a consistent 25°C.  The young wine was left to macerate on its skins for a further 7 weeks before pressing.  Malolactic fermentation was induced in stainless steel tanks and was followed by maturation in 225l French oak barrels for 16 months before bottling on 16 October 2014. The vintage amounted to 45 500 bottles.  Released March 2017.

Awards for 2014:

Tim Atkin (UK): 92/100 

John Platter (ZA): 4,5*****

Stephen Tanzer (US): 89/100 for 2012

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains sulfite

Importer: 

Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH

Erikastraße 67

Hamburg

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Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013

The wine is complex, showing blackcurrants, spice, ripe plums and attractive wood aromas and flavours. It is full and rich with prominent tannns that bodes well for future ageing. A total of 30 000 bottles were produced.  2013 is highly regarded and seen by many commentators as one of the finest vintages in the last 30 years.  Serve decanted with lamb cutlets, rack of lamb and the very best rib-eye steaks.  Released May 2017.

The grapes were selected from Vergelegen’s Rooiland, Vineyards. These vineyards are all north to northwest facing, with granite, Hutton and Clovelly soils. Vines were planted 4000 to the hectare.

Region: Stellenbosch

Grape Varieties: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot

Alc. 14,46% vol. 

Residual sugar: 2,7g/l

Total acidity: 5,6g/l

pH: 3,74

Vinification:

The Cabernet was fermented in open and closed tanks at high temperatures (28-32°C) and punched down every 6 hours to maximize colour and tannin extraction.  The wine spent 16 months in barrel; 50% new oak from coopers Taransaud & Darnajou.  Bottled on 20 October 2014.

Awards: 

John Platter (ZA): 4,5*****

Stephen Tanzer (US): 92/100 for 2012

Tim Atkin (UK): 92/100

Neal Martin (US): 90/100

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains sulfite

Importer:

Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH

Erikastraße 67 

20251 Hamburg

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Vergelegen G.V.B Flagship Red 2013

The 2013 is a beautiful and elegant wine with good concentration and lovely fruit.  The tannins are ripe and the wine has a long aftertaste.

Origin: Stellenbosch

 The grapes are always sourced from the Rondekop Vineyards.  Grown at 200-220 metres above sea level, these vineyards are extremely wind exposed and this leads to thick skinned berries that deliver very concentrated juice.

Grape Varieties: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon; 35% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 5% Petit Verdot

Alc. 14,52% vol. 

Residual sugar: 2,94g/l

Total acidity: 5,6g/l

pH: 3,61

Vinification:

Grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed BUT not crushed. The de-stemmed grapes were cooled to 8°C and ‘cold soaked’ for 168 hours.  Fermentation took place at 25°C followed by a 35 day maceration on the skins.  After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine went into 40% new French oak barrels for 17 months.

Maturation: Enjoy now or over the next 8 to 15 years.

Awards: 

John Platter (ZA): 4,5***** for 2012

Stephen Tanzer (US): 92/100 for 2011

Tim Atkin (UK): 93/100 for 2012

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains sulfite

Importer:

Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH

Erikastraße 67 

20251 Hamburg

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Vergelegen V 2013

The 2013 V is a composed and elegant Cabernet dominated wine with supple tannins and a long aftertaste.  The wine can be enjoyed on release but will most definitely improve over the next 20 years.

Origin: Stellenbosch

The vineyard used for the production of the V is Stone Pine IV. This vineyard consists of two adjacent units on the west to northwest facing inland slopes of Schaapenberg.  It is relatively sheltered from the prevailing breezes coming off False Bay and therefore enjoys a slightly warmer but still predominantly maritime climate. The two units are planted on Hutton and Glenrosa soils and are both well drained and slightly limiting on vigour, but still offer a good buffer capacity supporting the vines in adverse climatic conditions. This combination of soil, climate and site ensures full ripening of the fruit without excessively high sugar levels.

Block size: 2.8 ha

Row Direction: NNW-SSE

Elevation: 160 -205 m above sea level    

Aspect: West to Northwest

Mean ripening temperature: 21º-22º C         

Distance from ocean: 8 Km

Ripening Sunshine:    12 hours per day

Age of soil: 40-50 million years

Grape Varieties: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 5% Petit Verdot

Alc. 14,03% vol. 

Residual sugar: 3,1g/l

Total acidity: 5,3g/l

pH: 3,75

Vinification:

The grapes were hand-picked and fermented in closed tanks at temperatures of 25-28  ?C.  The young wine received a post fermentation maceration of 21 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel.   On completion of the malolactic fermentation the wine was racked into 100% new French oak. The V was matured in oak for 18 months, followed by 36 months in bottle. The wine was bottled on 30 October 2014.  Released August 2019.

Maturation: Enjoy over the next 20 years.

Awards: 

Tim Atkin (UK) 95/100 Points for 2013

Neal Martin (US) 93/100 Points for 2013

John Platter 4,5 Stars for 2012

Stephen Tanzer (US) 92+/100 for 2012

Volume: 750ml

Allergy information: Contains sulfite

Importer:

Weinland Ariane Abayan GmbH

Erikastraße 67 

20251 Hamburg

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115,87 € / L
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