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Vergelegen Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch Cabernet-Merlot 2009

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

What a cool, crisp nose with tobacco, blackberry, mint, roast meats and poblano chile and a hint of cinnamon all in harmony. On the palate this had a clean, fresh feel with precise yet unevolved fruit that didn't match the complexity promised by the nose. Rich with crisp and smoky blackberry fruit with vegetal hints of mint and asparagus adding complexity this will improve with several years cellaring. the tannins are exceptionally appealing. 91pts

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Vergelegen, meaning "situated far away", was granted to the Governor of the Cape in 1700 and the property has had a long and fascinating history since that time. Willem Adriaan Van der Stel, was a man of divergent interests who transformed the uncultivated land into a veritable paradise. He planted vines, camphor trees and oaks, laid out fruit orchards and orange groves, and introd... Read more
Vergelegen, meaning "situated far away", was granted to the Governor of the Cape in 1700 and the property has had a long and fascinating history since that time. Willem Adriaan Van der Stel, was a man of divergent interests who transformed the uncultivated land into a veritable paradise. He planted vines, camphor trees and oaks, laid out fruit orchards and orange groves, and introduced cattle and sheep. During its long history Vergelegen has developed a unique culture. It is embodied in physical properties, in its people and in the more aesthetic traditions handed down over the last 300 years. The property still gives pleasure to its numerous visitors with its layout, including the historic camphor trees and octagonal garden, the stately homestead and the fertile valley where fine wines are grownToday, it is one of those rare places where the visitor can begin a progressive discovery into a world that harmonises the past and present; where an air of dreaminess pervades; and where synergy between man and his bountiful environment is accomplished.Vergelegen is thought to have originated in 1685 when the High Commissioner of the Dutch East India Company instructed Commander Simon van der Stel to relocate the company's outpost in the Hottentots Holland. The company had bought the grounds in 1672 from the chiefs of the tribe that owned it. Simon van der Stel personally saw to the proportional planning of this new outpost with its posthouse, wheat store, cowsheds, orchards, vegetable gardens, wheat store and ditches, according to the "rules of mathematics and architecture".It is thought to have remained an outpost until 1 February 1700 when the 342 ha of freehold land was granted to William Adriaan van der Stel, the new governor of the Cape. (Willem Adriaan was the son of Governor Simon van der Stel who founded the famous Groot Constantia Estate in the Cape.) On his retirement his son became Governor and also the owner of Vergelegen - meaning, "situated far away". He planted vines and, after six years, had half a million vine stocks. He laid out fruit orchards and orange groves; he planted camphors and oaks; he established eighteen cattle stations with 1000 cattle and 1800 sheep. He made reservoirs, dug irrigation canals and controlled the Lourens River. Willem Adriaan also built a beautiful homestead, a corn mill and many other subsidiary buildings. The younger van der Stel was a man of divergent interests and he transformed the uncultivated land into a veritable paradise. For years he was in bitter dispute with Adam Tas and other Free Burghers. Finally his enemies triumphed and the directors of the Dutch East India Company, in a letter dated 30th October 1706, ignominiously dismissed him and ordered him to return to the Netherlands. Three years later, on the implicit instructions of the Company, Vergelegen was sold and divided into 4 separate farms. The homestead was ordered to be demolished, which only partially happened. Vergelegen passed through a succession of owners until 1798, when the Theunissen family took ownership of it for over a century. Under their care, the vineyards flourished. In 1917 Sir Lionel purchased the property for his wife Florence Phillips, who spent vast sums on the restoration of the old homestead, library and gardens. The old footbridge was replaced by a structure wide enough to accommodate motor traffic, roads were constructed and dams built. The vineyards were removed and replaced with mixed agriculture. After the death of Sir Lionel and later Lady Florence Phillips, Charles 'Punch' Barlow and his wife Cynthia acquired the estate in June 1941. Cynthia Barlow was as devoted to Vergelegen as Lady Phillips had been and it was fortunate that she had been able to purchase many of the beautiful pieces of furniture and works of art accumulated by Lady Florence. To this collection she added her own considerable treasures and the tradition of Vergelegen was maintained. The Barlow's resumed farming operations on Vergelegen and began planting vines on a small scale. 'Punch' Barlow's son Tom took over the running of the farm in 1966 until Anglo American Farms limited purchased the property in October 1987. One of the many projects undertaken by Anglo American Farms was to begin replanting the vineyards, following intensive climatic and soil tests. This historic property is now coming into its own as a showpiece of South Africa's recent wine renaissance. Throughout its history celebrities of international renown have frequently visited Vergelegen. Over the last decade Vergelegen has been honoured by the visits of the full Executive Committee of the ANC, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, and in March 1998 by Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton with their First Ladies. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Vergelegen Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch Cabernet-Merlot

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 03/01/2009

What a cool, crisp nose with tobacco, blackberry, mint, roast meats and poblano chile and a hint of cinnamon all in harmony. On the palate this had a clean, fresh feel with precise yet unevolved fruit that didn't match the complexity promised by the nose. Rich with crisp and smoky blackberry fruit with vegetal hints of mint and asparagus adding complexity this will improve with several years cellaring. the tannins are exceptionally appealing. 91pts

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Snooth User: Teppo
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 05/02/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: Gardner Cabman
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 09/19/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: Tic
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 08/12/2009

Three glasses


4.50 5
Vintage: 2002 03/02/2009

Classic South African eucalyptus, green pepper aromas, tar leather and herbed palate -- a bit of spice and a long complex finish that's quite herbaceous. Full of black pepper.

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Snooth User: Philip James
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 03/01/2009

Meaty, gamey nose leading to a very dry, aged wine with notes of christmas spices that work with the herbal quality well. Very nice, offbeat and interesting.

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  • Snooth User: dominiek
    3639742
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2001 05/19/2008

    Four glasses


    Snooth User: CDS
    3077623
    1.00 5
    Vintage: 2000 08/23/2007

    One glass


    External Reviews for Vergelegen Red Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch Cabernet-Merlot

    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 02/24/2010

    Vergelegen V 2004: Dekantier-Empfehlung (8 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (24 Monate), lagerfähig 7 - 10 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2004Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: StellenboschWeingut: VergelegenRebsorte: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot , 3% Cabernet Franc Restzucker: 3 g/LiterRestsäure: 6 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 02/24/2010

    Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2004: Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (24 Monate), lagerfähig 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2004Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: StellenboschWeingut: VergelegenRebsorte: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon8% Cabernet Franc 7% Merlot Restzucker: 2,75 g/LiterRestsäure: 6,5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 08/12/2011

    Flagship Red 2004 - Vergelegen: Flagship Red 2004 - Rotwein von VergelegenDieser 'Flagship Red 2004' von Vergelegen ist ein raffinierter, ausgewogener Wein, der das Anbaugebiet sehr schön wiedergibt. Im Glas zeigt er sich in einem dichten Rubinrot und duftet zunächst noch etwas verhaltend, aber nach einer Stunde Belüftung, können wir Noten von schwarzen Johannisbeeren, Gewürzen, schwarzen Oliven und wunderbarem edlen Holz wahrnehmen. Am Gaumendominieren zunächst Holzaromen, später sind Aromen von getrockneten schwarzen Johannisbeeren und schwarzen Kirschen spürbar. Seine Aromen sind komplex, so finden wir auch Anklänge an gegrilltes Fleisch und ledrige Noten im Hintergrund. Der kräftige Körper und die Tannine ergeben zeigen zusammen eine wunderbare Balance. Dieser Wein hat Ecken und Kanten und ein enorm druckvolles Finale. Probieren Sie diesen eindrucksvollen Wein zu süßlich mariniertem Straußenfilet oder mediterranen Gerichte mit schwarzen Oliven.Der Wein sollte mindestens 6 Stunden vor dem Genuss geöffnet werden.Daten zu Flagship Red von Vergelegen:Weingut: VergelegenLand: SüdafrikaRegion: StellenboschRebsorten: 16% Merlot, 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet FrancAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 6,20 g/lRestsüße: 3,30 g/lInhalt: 0,75 lEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 18°CFassreife: in Barriques gereift (20 Monate)Lagerfähigkeit: bis mind. 2026 Auszeichnungen für den Vergelegen Flagship Red von Vergelegen:5 Sterne John Platter (Jahrgang 2005)4,5 Stern John Platter (Jg. 2004)93 Punkte Stephen Tanzer (Jg. 2003) Stellenbosch


    External Review
    Vintage: 2003 02/24/2010

    Vergelegen V 2003: Dekantier-Empfehlung (2 Std. vorher belüften), empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (26 Monate)Jahrgang: 2003Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: StellenboschWeingut: VergelegenRebsorte: 1% Cabernet Franc9% Merlot 90% Cabernet Sauvignon Restzucker: 3,75 g/LiterRestsäure: 5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.15 Rotwein


    External Review
    Vintage: 2002 03/10/2010

    Vergelegen Flagship 2002: Dieser ausgewogene, raffinierte Wein gibt das Vergelegen Terroir sehr schön wider. Er strahlt in einem dichten Rubinrot. Frisch geöffnet wirkt er etwas verhalten, er muss warten und atmen können, dann verbreiten sich Aromen von schwarzer Johannisbeere, Cassis und Gewürz, der Duft nach schwarzen Oliven und wunderbar edlem Holz.Am Gaumen dominieren zunächst Holzaromen, sie sind äußerst komplex und reichen von schwarzen Kirschen bis zu gegrilltem Fleisch, im Hintergrund gesellen sich ledrige Noten hinzu und zusammen ergeben sie eine wunderbare Balance. Dieser Wein hat Ecken und Kanten und ein enorm druckvollen Abgang. Dieser eindrucksvolle Wein, mit großem Potential zum Lagern, eignet sich zu süßlich mariniertem Straußenfilet und mediterranen Gerichten mit schwarzen Oliven.    Weingut: VergelegenAnbauregion: StellenboschRebsorten: 26% Merlot, 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet FrancAlkoholgehalt: 15 Vol. %Säuregehalt: 5,5 g/lRestsüße: 3,75 g/lInhalt: 0,75 lLagerfähigkeit: 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 - 18°CFaßreife: in Barriques (26 Monate) Rotwein > Südafrika > Stellenbosch


    External Review
    Vintage: 2001 01/16/2009

    Solid, ripe and fleshy throughout, with dark currant, black fig, tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and toast notes that pump through a muscular yet well-defined finish. Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Stellenbosch in South Africa. 2001 Vergelegen Proprietary Red 750ml



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