Vergelegen Reserve Merlot 2011 1.5L Magnum


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Ripe plum colour with a ruby rim.  The nose shows ripe fruit flavours, black cherries, plum, spice and a touch of chocolate.  The ripeness of the fruit is balanced by fresh fruit acidity with soft wood and fruit tannins.  The aftertaste is long and lasting.


The grapes were all selected from the Vergelegen vineyards; Rooiland and Stonepine.



The fruit was picked at peak physiological ripeness to avoid the necessity of adding acid and prevent the extraction of hard tannins. Picking took place from 21 February to 4 March 2011. The grape juice was inoculated with two yeast strains, D21 and D254. Fermentation took place at a consistent 25°C. The young
wine was left to macerate on its skins for a further 7 weeks before pressing. Malolactic fermentation was induced in stainless steel tanks and was followed by maturation in 225l French oak barrels for 18 months before bottling on 12 December 2012. The vintage amounted to 24,520 bottles and 390 magnums.



Merlot – 100%



Alc  14.57%
RS    3.4 g/l
TA    5.7 g/l
pH    3.45



Accessible now but will continue to improve over the next decade.

Vergelegen Merlot 2013

  • Atkin – 92
  • Martin – 86
  • Platter – ’92 – 4½ stars
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