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Vergelegen Estate Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2020

White Wine from South Africa
4.000000000 star rating 1 Reviews
An absolute delight from a super vintage in the Cape, combining brightness of fruit, texture and volume on the palate, with judicious use of a little smart oak, and crisp, fresh finish.
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Code: SA18351

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Drinking now
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Screwcap

Vergelegen

Vergelegen, meaning 'situated far away', was granted to the Governor of the Cape Willem van der Stel in 1700, making it an older estate even than many in the ‘old’ world. Lost in the suburbs of Somerset West, this large estate is also one of the Cape’s most beautiful, with sensitively restored Cape Dutch buildings (housing excellent restaurants and tasting room) set in stunning gardens contrasting with the starkly modern hilltop winery. The estate also has the largest private nature reserve dedicated to local flora and fauna, thanks to their dedication to conservation on the farm.

Owned by mining giant Anglo American, Vergelegen has never lacked investment and the quality first philosophy made it one of the first in the Cape to produce cleaner, modern-style wines, from the late ‘80s (1991 was the first bottling), first under Martin Meinert, and now, and since 1998, in the capable hands of long-term Cellarmaster André van Rensburg .

One of the big personalities of the Cape wine industry, André is uncompromising on many things but especially quality, from the vineyard to the cellars and the watchword here is harmony. Consultant Michel Rolland is working with André, particularly on the merlot grape, to further refine the red wines and at blending, in which he is a renowned specialist. Simplicity is sought to allow the quality of the rigorously selected fruit to do the talking, but the cellar team have all the tools they may need at their disposal, including an impressive,...
Vergelegen, meaning 'situated far away', was granted to the Governor of the Cape Willem van der Stel in 1700, making it an older estate even than many in the ‘old’ world. Lost in the suburbs of Somerset West, this large estate is also one of the Cape’s most beautiful, with sensitively restored Cape Dutch buildings (housing excellent restaurants and tasting room) set in stunning gardens contrasting with the starkly modern hilltop winery. The estate also has the largest private nature reserve dedicated to local flora and fauna, thanks to their dedication to conservation on the farm.

Owned by mining giant Anglo American, Vergelegen has never lacked investment and the quality first philosophy made it one of the first in the Cape to produce cleaner, modern-style wines, from the late ‘80s (1991 was the first bottling), first under Martin Meinert, and now, and since 1998, in the capable hands of long-term Cellarmaster André van Rensburg .

One of the big personalities of the Cape wine industry, André is uncompromising on many things but especially quality, from the vineyard to the cellars and the watchword here is harmony. Consultant Michel Rolland is working with André, particularly on the merlot grape, to further refine the red wines and at blending, in which he is a renowned specialist. Simplicity is sought to allow the quality of the rigorously selected fruit to do the talking, but the cellar team have all the tools they may need at their disposal, including an impressive, well-stocked barrel cellar and, more recently, drone-mapped vineyard analysis.

The vineyards are 100% virus free, planted mostly, according to André, to the 'two great Bordeaux varietals cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc'. Around 60% of the surface is planted to cabernet sauvignon (though only c. 30% of the wine in bottle), followed by sauvignon blanc, merlot, cabernet franc, semillon, shiraz, chardonnay, petit verdot, malbec. The soils are 400-600 million years old here, decomposed granite, so not very fertile.

The wines are consistently among the Cape's best and offer the added advantage of up to five years cellaring before release.
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JancisRobinson.com

Yet another Wine Society wine that is so perfectly balanced between fruit and winemaking, fruit and elegance. There's a definite aroma of oak – mealy and a little spicy, but it doesn't overwhelm the...
Yet another Wine Society wine that is so perfectly balanced between fruit and winemaking, fruit and elegance. There's a definite aroma of oak – mealy and a little spicy, but it doesn't overwhelm the citrus purity. Just slightly cedary. Tight, crisp and sophisticated in its use of oak. Very smart for the price. Very good value. 16.5/20
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Julia Harding MW

The Daily Telegraph

Under the helm of Andre van Rensburg (who announced his retirement this year) Vergelegen has long been producing impressive, classically-styled reds and whites and this chardonnay is a beauty.

Victoria Moore

Club Oenologique

From an estate in South Africa’s Western Cape that can trace its history back to 1700, an accomplished wine that offers serious value for money. A summer wine if ever there was one, the nose, almost an...
From an estate in South Africa’s Western Cape that can trace its history back to 1700, an accomplished wine that offers serious value for money. A summer wine if ever there was one, the nose, almost an adult version of Lilt, is totally tropical, with fleshy pineapple and zingy citrus. There’s judicious use of oak, with juicy fruit and a lovely freshness.
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David Kermode

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