4 x 2005 Vergelegen V (750ml) - Platter 5* and Jancis Robinson MW 17.5/20 7 x 2006 Vergelegen V (750ml) - Platter 4.5* and Christian Eedes 96/100
Vergelegen Estate is a historic wine producer of Somerset West in the Western Cape of South Africa. The estate has cultivated vines for over 320 years.
Vergelegen (meaning "situated far away") was named in the 1700s by Willem Adriaan who claimed the land upon suceeding his father as the governor of the Cape. The 30,000 hectare estate in the foothills of the Hottentots Holland mountain range took three days to reach by ox-wagon. Adriaan planted vines as well as fruit orchards to accompany the numerous cattle stations throughout the estate. After six years, he was found guilty of corrupt practices and sent back to the Netherlands and the estate was split into four seperate farms, one of which today is known as Vergelegen. The estate went through numerous ownerships throughout the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s. Numerous famous and influential guests have enjoyed the hospitality at Vergelegen over the years, the most notable include the first meeting of the caucus of the ANC with Nelson Mandela and Thabo M'Beki.
The vineyard used for the production of the V is Stone Pine IV. This vineyard consists of 2 adjacent units on the west to northwest facing inland slopes of Schaapenberg. It is relatively sheltered from the prevailing breezes coming off False Bay and therefore enjoys a slightly warmer but still predominantly maritime climate. The 2 units are planted on Hutton and Glenrosa soils and are both well drained and slightly limiting on vigour, but still offer a good buffer capacity supporting the vines in adverse climatic conditions. This combination of soil, climate and site ensures full ripening of the fruit without excessively high sugar levels.
These award winning wines were made by South African wine making legend Andre van Rensburg.