Vergelegen DNA 2018


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Compote of berry fruit nicely rounded by chocolate and coffee notes. The tannin structure is round and soft with a lingering aftertaste.

Enjoy with Karoo lamb rack, beef stews and pasta dishes.


2018 is a fine and beautiful vintage that unfortunately will always suffer from the unwelcome comparison with the great 2015 and 2017 vintages. The wine is silky smooth and elegant with a long aftertaste. Drink now and over the next 10-15 years.


The grapes were all selected from Vergelegen’s Stonepine,
Rooiland & Rondekop vineyards, planted on the north to north-westerly slopes. Row direction east to west


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 42 day maceration on the skins. After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the wine went into 100% new French oak barrels for 16 months.


Cabernet Franc                 87%
Merlot                                 13%



Alc  14%
RS  3.4 g/l
TA  5.7 g/l
pH  3.59



Accessible now but will also reward further maturation in bottle. Released November 2023.

Vergelegen DNA 2015 

  • Atkin – 92
  • Platter – ’92 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen DNA 2014

  • Platter – ’92 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen DNA 2013

  • Atkin – 94
  • Martin – 92
  • Platter – ’90 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen DNA 2012

  • Tanzer – 91
  • Atkin – 93
  • Martin – 90

Vergelegen DNA 2011

  • Tanzer – 91
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