Vergelegen means “situated far off” in Dutch, which was an accurate description of this vineyard property when it was first planted in the hills of southern Stellenbosch 1685. Today these are the hills of Somerset West, one of Stellenbosch’s coolest subclimates. Having continuously produced wine for centuries, Vergelegen is one of Stellenbosch’s most historic and celebrated estates. Under guidance of winemaker Andrew Van Rensburg, who has committed his life and career to the property, the wines of Vergelegen are setting the benchmark for what Stellenbosch has to offer. The 2013 Vergelegen “Premium” Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot is an excellent example of a perfectly aged Stellenbosch blend. With a round fruit-core of black cassis and black cherry above a bouquet of earth and tobacco leaf, this is proper Stellenbosch Bordeaux blend that vastly outperforms its price.
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By: Thomas Smith
K&L Staff Member
I first stumbled across Vergelegen while reading a book on the history of Stellenbosch. The author waxes so glowingly about their wines that I was shocked I had never come across them before in the US. Overtime this became a bit of an obsession for me. Ultimately, we were able to source a handful of wines from them and I opened one with the staff a week ago. It was not disappointing. First, this has a decent amount of age on it. At seven years, this Bordeaux blend is well into its tertiary stage. Notes of cherry liquor, tobacco, and earth abound in the glass. The similarity to 2009 Bordeaux is astonishing. Rounded sweet fruit sits right at the core of this wine with plenty of complexity and aged character. Such a great wine. One of my colleagues swore up and down that this was Chateau Verdignan. A great wine that sits at the middle ground of Bordeaux, and more fruity New World styles.
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