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Vergelegen; Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve; 2001; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
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Lot 346

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2001
6 (1 x 6) 750ml
With a history dating back over 300 years, Vergelegen has kept a simple winemaking philosophy this entire time, ‘there must be harmony between the old and the new’. Situated on the Schaapenberg in Somerset West, overlooking False Bay, Anglo America purchased the property in 1987 and have since invested extensively in the estate’s viticulture and historic core. Having produced fine, modern wines for two decades, Vergelegen is one of South Africa’s highest regarded, established producers. Andre Van Rensburg, previously with Stellenzicht, has been at the helm of this oldest of Stellenbosch wine concerns since 1998, with advice from none other than world-renowned oenologist Michel Rolland.
Then known as simply ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’, this 2001 vintage was awarded 5* by the 2004 Platter’s Guide and 19/20 from UK critic extraordinaire, Jancis Robinson.

Sold for R 4 400
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 5 008

Estimate R 5 500 - 7 500


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01 among finest vintages: tons sweet supple fruit now, promising good things in bottle. 14.5% alc. All these finely crafted wines; good for decade-plus improvement. 2 years French oak, +-50% new – Platter’s SA Wine Guide (2004)

Very dark, still blueish. Savoury nose without a hint of the obvious sweetness that can dog simpler New World Cabernets. An appetising leafiness. Very fresh and youthful. But great build and energy. The wine has a beginning, middle and end and real lift.  Still quite a bit of fine tannin. Real appeal. Both opulent and lifted. [The cheapest wine by far! Not nearly as expensive as Vergelegen's V below, nor even than their Bordeaux blend. – Jancis Robinson 19/20 (2008)


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