Bright dark red. Claret-like aromas of black and redcurrant, coffee, tobacco, mocha and sexy oak. A pliant, mid-weight wine with noteworthy richness and a firm spine of harmonious acidity to its intense berry and spice flavours. A great companion for most foods, including pizzas, pastas and meat or chicken dishes, or enjoy on its own!
Nestled between the Helderberg & Hottentots Mountains in Stellenbosch, Vergelegen is one of South Africa's premiere wine producers. The estate has a storied history dating back to its establishment in 1700 by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Today Vergelegen is owned and operated by Anglo American PLC , one of the world's largest global mining groups who have nurtured and developed it into a world-class wine estate.Vergelegen, meaning "situated far away", is now coming into its own as a.. read more
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 hrs. 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 15 months in barrel (20% new), bottling took place from 13-19 September 2011. Total production amounted to 126 401 bottles and 21 different vineyard parcels.