OK. Wine Guru Jancin Robinson wrote this and gave a 19/20 score for the 2001 Vergelegen Cab Sav from South Africa ( at the same tasting Ch Latour 2001 scored 18/20, Lafite 16/20, Haut Brion 18.5/20 despite being a above 1.5ksgd bottle.)
Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 Stellenbosch, South Africa 19 Drink 2010-20
Very dark, still blueish. Savoury nose without a hint of the obvious sweetness that can dog simpler New World Cabernets. An appetising leafiness. Very fresh and youthful. But great build and energy. The wine has a beginning, middle and end and real lift. Still quite a bit of fine tannin. Real appeal. Both opulent and lifted.
Being a Chinese, when you see a good deal you just can't let it go. With local retail price of 55SGD, I had the 2004 Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon at WineCompany recently and i was pleasantly surprised.
Nose: Complex nose of intense cigar box with leather. Licorice sweetness. Pencil shavings popping out. Some dark fruits emerging. Beautiful but not as intense as a good bordeaux or Mosswood.
Palate: Pleasing, with powdery tannins. Glides down your throat. Existence of tannins and acid but should peak in 5 -8 years and hold for a decade max.
Verdict: A good value Psuedo Old world wine from Afrika. Pleasantly surprised. Among new world Bordeaux styled, my top fav is still moss wood 1996 and vasse felix 1999 and parker first growth 1998. But they cost twice as much as this. Stock up some of Vergelegan for quality quaffing!