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Vergelegen; V; 2001; 6 (1 x 6); 750ml
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Lot 39

V, 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.
Situated on the Schaapenberg Mountains, Vergelegen dates back 300 years. Anglo America purchased the property in 1987 and invested extensively in the estate before André van Rensburg arrived in 1998. Having produced fine, modern wines for two decades, Vergelegen is one of South Africa’s top producers. The flagship V is a Cabernet Sauvignon carefully selected from their Stonepine and Rondekop vineyards. 2001 was a classic and long-aging vintage that is now reaching maturity.

Sold for R 8 500
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 9 673

Estimate R 8 000 - 10 000


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‘01 André van Rensburg’s challenge to US cult wines’ (and his own flagship?), single-vineyard Cabernet selection. Very dark, rich blackcurrant quality – opulent sumptuousness in mouth, also very gravelly, grippy, organised tannins, for long distance (10+ yrs). 21 months new, tight-grained barrels.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2004, 5*

‘ 90% cabernet sauvignon with 9% merlot and 1% cab franc; aged for 18 months in all new, tight-grained Sylvain barrels) Very deep, saturated ruby-red. Sexy, expressive aromas of black raspberry, plum and smoke. Plush, smoky and superripe, with more obvious sweetness and lower acidity than the estate blend. Comes across as more of a competition wine than a wine of site. Finishes thick and hugely tannic, but without any rough edges. Perhaps the least typical of the Vergelegen reds (Rensburg candidly describes this as his wine for the international market), with less structure than the estate blend, but still a wonderfully showy, dense and captivating wine. (Incidentally, the young 2003 tasted from barrel appears to be finer-grained and a bit more classic in style.’ – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com 93/100 (2005)


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