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Lot 347

Vergelegen
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 1998
6 (1 x 6) 750ml
Situated on the Schaapenberg Mountains 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 far away’, the actual translation of Vergelegen, AngloAmerica purchased the property in 1987 and have 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 top producers.

Sold for R 6 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 6 828

Estimate R 7 500 - 9 500


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'Flagship 98 with the emphasis on cab. s. at 75%, plus 20% merlot, splash cab. f. As limpid, spicy, minerally as stablemate above, alive with dark cherry fruit, fine acidity – the (minute) difference lies only in the concentration. This very marginally less dense. Exactly same oaking in all-new, top-drawer French Taransaud, Sylvan barriques. (2 000 cases made to celebrate 300 years of vergelegen in 2000.) Both will be horribly unobtainable trophy wines – all the more gnashingly because they will not be horribly priced - at well below R100. They will stand comfortably beside international quality equivalents commanding R200-300. Van Rensburg calls Vergelegen “Virgin Glen”. Now that would work – against the Screaming Eagles and Leaping Stags/Frogs of California.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide (2000)

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc) Full, deep red. Aromas of blackcurrant and tobacco, complicated by a gamey element. Lush, sweet and pliant, with a wonderfully velvety texture and a complicating note of tobacco leaf. Finishes very long and sweet, with suave tannins and notes of currant, smoke and tobacco.’ – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com 92/100 (2003)


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