Vergelegen has flown somewhat under the radar in the recent South African wine revolution. One simple reason could be their custom of releasing wines later; today we offer their new 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. We reckon it’s the finest we have tasted from Vergelegen since the early 2000s. Without the hallmark leafy notes, the 2010 Reserve is rounder and more confident in style.
No flagship V was produced in 2010, meaning the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon received the very best fruit on the estate. It retains the typical maritime saltiness, but the polished tannins steer towards a new era at Vergelegen. Read ‘Vergelegen and Rolland – a love story’ on Jancisrobinson.com; there’s no doubt that the Michel Rolland / André van Rensburg partnership is set to make waves.
Already offering fine drinkability, expect this to age well for another decade or more.
While there may not be a liquid wine investment market in South Africa yet, this wine has the hallmarks of serious investment potential. Not only are there just 30 cases available but, in international terms, this is Cru Classé Bordeaux priced at a generic Bordeaux level.
Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010 – R 250
Vergelegen have never been afraid to release their reds with a bit of bottle age, and this cuvee…is their current release. Mulberry, cassis and plum flavours are complemented by ripe, compact tannins, pithy acidity and well-integrated oak. Drink 2016-2021. – Tim Atkin, 93/100