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Vergelegen Premium Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and red wine 75cl

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Following Sir Lionel and Lady Phillips’s death, the estate was sold to the Barlow family in 1941. They acquired Vergelegen at auction and showed the same care and interest in their new property as Lady Phillips, replanting the vineyards and expanding the cattle operation. Their son took over Vergelegen in the 1960s, although its importance as a wine producer faded under his stewardship, and by 1962 the last of vines had been pulled up. Sourced from north and north-westerly vineyards at Vergelegen, Somerset West, where soil types of granite, Hutton and weathered shale dominate. The 2019 harvest itself was warm, however, the nights were cool which is perfect for colour and flavour formation. Vergelegen Red 2001 – Mondiale Bruxelles 2005 Gold, International Wine Challenge 2004 Bronze, Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show 2003 Gold In 1798 the estate was sold to the Theunissen family, who planted extensive vineyards and concentrated on the production of grapes until an infestation by the phylloxera louse in the late nineteenth century wiped out most of Vergelegen's grape production. Harvesting of the Merlot started end of February and was completed by 18th March. The harvest was completed by the end of March.

The vineyards are 100% virus free, planted mostly, according to André, to the 'two great Bordeaux varietals cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc'. Around 60% of the surface is planted to cabernet sauvignon (though only c. 30% of the wine in bottle), followed by sauvignon blanc, merlot, cabernet franc, semillon, shiraz, chardonnay, petit verdot, malbec. The soils are 400-600 million years old here, decomposed granite, so not very fertile. Vergelegen (Dutch: "remotely situated") is a historic wine estate in Somerset West, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Manor house Library in the old wine cellar Protected historic camphor trees Herb garden in front of Stables restaurant and wine tasting centre 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 32 days before going to barrel. The wine was bottled after 18 months of barrel maturation in 20% new French oak. COMPOSITION Vergelegen V 2001 – John Platter Guide 2005 (5 Stars), Selection Mondiales des Vins 2004 Grand Jury Prize for South Africa

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Vergelegen, meaning 'situated far away', was granted to the Governor of the Cape Willem van der Stel in 1700, making it an older estate even than many in the ‘old’ world. Lost in the suburbs of Somerset West, this large estate is also one of the Cape’s most beautiful, with sensitively restored Cape Dutch buildings (housing excellent restaurants and tasting room) set in stunning gardens contrasting with the starkly modern hilltop winery. The estate also has the largest private nature reserve dedicated to local flora and fauna, thanks to their dedication to conservation on the farm. One of South Africa’s most impressive wine estates, Vergelegen is an astonishingly picturesque and historic wine farm situated on hillside vineyards south of Stellenbosch. The focus from the outset has been on producing a luxury wine brand, and the flagship red Vergelegen V is one of the region’s most impressive and expensive wines. Proof indeed, that Stellenbosch and indeed the Western Cape can produce wines to rival the best of Bordeaux.

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