Vergelegen Reserve Merlot 2017


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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.

Delicious with a variety of grilled meat dishes, cheese and savoury tarts.


The grapes were all selected from the Vergelegen vineyards; the Merlot from Rooiland (Oak leaf and Hutton soils), Saddle, Nursery & Stonepine (granites).



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 27th February to 8th of March 2017. 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 16 months before bottling.



Merlot – 100%



Alc  14.5%
RS    2.1 g/l
TA    6.28 g/l
pH    3.53



Accessible now but will continue to improve over the next 20 years. Released August 2022.

Vergelegen Merlot 2016

  • Winemag/Prescient Report – 91 (Top 10)
  • Platter – ’90 – 4½ stars

Vergelegen Merlot 2015 

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

Vergelegen Merlot 2014 

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

Vergelegen Merlot 2013

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

Vergelegen Merlot 2012

  • Tanzer – 89
  • Atkin – 92

Vergelegen Merlot 2011

  • Tanzer – 91
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