Vergelegen First Thought Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


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The colour is a bright ruby and shows ripe black fruit – black currants, black cherries, with hints of spice, cedarwood, lead pencils. The taste is long with soft ripe tannins, still with a grainy edge. Serve with grilled or roast lamb or a succulent cut of ribeye steak. Decanting or not is the decision of the consumer. Total production is 883 bottles. Drink now or keep for a minimum of 10 years.


The First Thought site is established on a north westerly slope with uniformly deep and rich Hutton soils, is 3,38 ha in size and planted to the “modern Bordelaise” favourite clone 169B. At an altitude of 170 metres above sea level and with excellent wind protection the site receives an average of 11,8 hours of sunlight in the growing season and ripens 10 – 14 days ahead of The Last Word. As a result, this site’s fruit is invariably riper, more accessible and has softer tannins. Note that these grapes come from a single vineyard/SV.



The grapes were picked in late March and processed on the following day after being cooled down for 24 hours. All Vergelegen red grapes are sorted on conveyors and then destemmed but not crushed. The wine mash was inoculated after 5 days with a commercial yeast strain. The entire liquid volume is moved over the skin cap 4-6 times a day to ensure maximum extraction of tannins and flavours. Pressing took place on 45 days of skin contact/maceration.



Cabernet Sauvignon 100%



Alc 14.54%
RS 3.17 g/l
TA 5.9 g/l
pH 3.51



After completion of malolactic fermentation the wine was matured in 100% new Taransaud 225 litre barrels for 18 months and bottled on 29 January 2019.

Vergelegen First Thought Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • Atkin – 93
  • Platter – ’92 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen First Thought Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

  • Atkin – 92

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