25.10.13

'Cab is King' For Vergelegen's André van Rensburg

Vergelegen winemaker André van Rensburg is charismatic and passionate, and a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon.  He openly cites Left Bank Bordeaux reds as having been a great inspiration to him throughout his career, and has dedicated much of his time at Vergelegen to ensuring he can produce the sort of delicate, perfumed reds that he loves so much.

Roughly a third of the Vergelegen estate is now planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (46.57 hectares), with the vines mainly on the warmer northern slopes where the deep, rocky soils provide excellent drainage.  André has also been waging a war against Leaf Roll Virus, an arch enemy of Cabernet Sauvignon in South Africa.    After a rigorous replanting programme, the vines now achieve the physiological ripeness that André wants earlier, keeping alcohol levels down and the fruit vibrant.

Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
RRP £19.99, Majestic

This 2007 vintage is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 4.7% Merlot, 5.3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.  Grapes were selected from Vergelegen's Rooiland Vineyards, which are north to northwest facing with granite, Hutton and Clovelly soils.  The grapes were fermented in tanks at high temperatures (28-32oC) and punched down every three to four hours to maximise colour and tannin extraction, and then macerated for 35 days.  The wine was racked every four months during a 16 month maturation period in 225 litre barrels.

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