Vergelegen, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2008 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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We have secured a rare parcel of the ready-to-enjoy 2008 Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. From one of the best Cabernet winemakers in the country, and sourced directly from the cellar, we are able to offer this wine at a remarkable price. If you love SA Cabernet Sauvignon, this is keenly-priced and has been perfectly matured for you. After recently tasting the 2008, André van Rensberg’s skill is evident. It is particularly delicious right now, with a generous and deep core of red and dark fruit, laced with earthy, bouquet garni complexity. The tannins are nicely resolved and support the attractive, poised and tertiary character with a juicy, satisfying finish. This should easily go for another 5 years, but why wait!

Tasting notes:
'89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. Rounded, dry and tangy palate. Dense fruit, much less approachable than the 2010 but more complete than the 2009. Smooth.' – Richard Hemming MW,, 17+/20

'Exquisite spice, cedar and lead pencil 2008 with dashes Merlot, Cabernet Franc. Heady 14.6% alcohol in sync with seductive fruit, stately tannins. Poised 2007 (4 stars) was not as concentrated as this or 2006.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5*

'The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is blended with 3% each of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and sees 20 months in 60% new French oak. It has a pleasant bouquet of red fruit, bacon fat, dried blood and a touch of espresso. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly bitter entry, balsamic infused dark red fruit and a piquant finish that has adequate freshness. Fine.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 88/100
More Information
Alcohol 14.7%
Technical analysis RS: 2.1 g/L | TA: 5.6 g/L | PH: 3.5
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend information 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc
Rating JR 17+
Body Medium to full-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Producer information Vergelegen has a 300 year history, dating back to 1 February 1700, when it was founded. Vergelegen (meaning ‘situated far away’), has changed through many owners since then, each of whom have shaped Vergelegen into what it is today. The 3,000 hectare estate is situated in one of the richest floral regions of the world and they practice sustainable farming and have various environmental projects.
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