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Vergelegen Premium Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2017

R135.00

Bright dark red. On the nose striking cassis underlined with cedar and a fresh ripe fruit character. On the palate the freshness carries through with a sprightly, lingering finish.

ORIGIN

Sourced from north and north-westerly vineyards at Vergelegen, Somerset West, where soil types of granite, Hutton and weathered shale dominate.  The 2012-2013 growing season was long and mild, with ideal rainfall at crucial times, leading to perfect physiological ripeness. The harvesting of Merlot, earliest of the Bordeaux grapes, commenced on 5 March and Cabernet Sauvignon on 15 March.

 

VINIFICATION

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 4 days, after which cultured yeast was added and fermented until dry.  The young red wine was then macerated on the skins for a further 6-7 weeks before going into barrel for 18 months (20% new) and finally bottled in early December 2014.  Released September 2019.

 

COMPOSITION

43% Cabernet Sauvignon
40% Merlot
11%   Cabernet Franc
3%   Petit Verdot
3%   Malbec

 

ANALYSIS

Alc. 14.07%
RS    3.24 g/l
TA    5.3 g/l
pH    3.55

 

MATURATION

Drinking beautifully and will improve even more in the bottle over the next 5-10 years.

Vergelegen Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

  • Atkin – 93
  • Platter – ’89 – 4 stars

Vergelegen Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

  • Atkin – 91

Vergelegen Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

  • Tanzer – 88
  • Atkin – 91
  • Platter – ’88 – 4 stars

Vergelegen Premium Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

  • Tanzer – 89
  • Atkin – 90
  • Martin – 89
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