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Vergelegen releases rare, robust reds.

Collectors of top South African wines have the opportunity to add some notable bottles to their cellars with the release of three highly anticipated Vergelegen wines dating as far back as 2001.

Vergelegen GVB Red 2014 and 2015

These two vintages, from the 321-year-old Somerset West estate’s flagship range, were awarded five stars in the Platter’s Wine Guide in the red blends, Cape Bordeaux section.

“Only the Rondekop vineyards are used for the production of the Vergelegen GVB,” says winemaker André van Rensburg, who is currently engaged in his 24th harvest at the estate. (GVB indicates Grown, Vinified and Bottled.)

“Rondekop are dry-land vineyards with a planting density of 4000 vines to the hectare on granitic soils. A deep clay/pebble base offers excellent water retention. Planted at 180-220 meters above sea level, the vines are cooled by moderate sea breezes every afternoon, allowing for a longer growing season.”

The wine is available from the estate and can be enjoyed now or for another 15 years. The GVB Red 2014 retails for R615/bottle. Collectors can also acquire the 2015 vintage by purchasing a combined package of one 2014 bottle and one 2015 bottle for R985.00.

Recorking a limited release

The cellar team has also completed the painstaking process of recorking 126 bottles of 20-year wine with corks guaranteed not to taint the wines. The result is a limited release of Vergelegen GVB Red 2001, available from the estate for R1500/bottle.

Each new cork has a number linked to a recorked certificate on the bottle. “Out of 126 wines we recorked, only two were spoilt. Totally unbelievable for a 20-year-old wine,” remarked van Rensburg, who tasted every single bottle for faults before recorking.

Abundant awards

Vergelegen already lists over 200 awards for its wines and exquisite property, which was judged the best winery in Africa in the 2019 World's Best Vineyard awards. Now a fresh swathe of local and international wine awards has been added to the collection.

2020 Prescient awards: reviewed a total of 927 wines across 20 wine categories in reports sponsored by financial services company Prescient.

· The Vergelegen Reserve Semillon 2018 scored 93 points and earned the title Best Niche White Variety, plus a place in the Top 20 Wines SA 2020.

  • The Vergelegen Reserve Merlot 2015 scored 93 points and took Best Merlot 2020.

  • Vergelegen claimed a second spot in the merlot Top 10 with The Mistake 2015.

  • In the Sauvignon Blanc unwooded category, the Vergelegen 2020 was in the Top 10 with 93 points.

  • In the Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends section, the GBV White 2018 was in the Top ten with 93 points.

Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge: This leading French wine guide conducts tastings of more than 10 000 wines quarterly, so when word got out that it had started special South African tastings, many wineries rose to the challenge. The Vergelegen Reserve Merlot 2015 received 94 points and the Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was awarded 95 points.

“We are delighted at this recognition for our small but utterly dedicated wine team,” says Vergelegen MD Wayne Coetzer. “There’s not been much time for them to rest on their laurels as we started harvesting on 9 February, the first grapes being Sauvignon from the foothills of the Schaapenberg mountain vineyard. We’re confident that 2021 will produce another good vintage and look forward to sharing the results. No doubt many wine stocks have run low during the pandemic and we would like to welcome both old and new friends of Vergelegen to visit us or place orders. We’re also about to launch our new website with an online ordering facility.”

Wine is currently available at the estate seven days a week (or can be pre-ordered and collected later) from the Wine Tasting Centre. Call 021 8472122, or email or

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