Founded on 1 February 1700, Vergelegen (meaning ""situated far away""), has been under the ownership of some of the world's great explorers and visionaries, each of whom, in their own way, have helped shape Vergelegen to what it is today: a world-class Estate.
With its world renowned handcrafted wines, history spanning over 300 years, heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, it comes as no surprise that Vergelegen continues to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience. For this reason, the Estate has borne witness to many visits of heads of state and celebrities from all over the world.
Vergelegen has received numerous local and international accolades for the quality of its wines. When Anglo American acquired the property in 1987, the wine-making and viticulture team took an entire year exploring the Estate, digging more than 3000 holes to analyse soil profiles and moving weather stations around before agreeing on an optimum terrain on which to establish its vineyards.
Since the production of its first wine in 1992, Vergelgen Estate and its wines have earned more than 200 awards, including winning the coveted Chateau Pichon Longueville Trophy twice for the Best Bordeaux Blend at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
The grapes selected for this premium Chardonnay were sourced from Vergelegen’s Korhaan, Rooiland, Rocklands, Slanghoek and Lower Schaapenberg vineyards.
Grapes were whole-bunch pressed and not given any skin contact. The juice, slightly clarified, was racked into 20% new French oak barrels (Francois Frère, Dargaud & Jaegle and Mercurey) and 80% second, third and fourth fill barrels for alcoholic fermentation. The Lower Schaapenberg and a portion of the Rooiland grapes were tank fermented because of their delicate structures. The remainder of Vergelegen was fermented in barrel, using a combination of cultured yeasts and feral fermentations. The young wine was matured for 8 months on the lees in both tank and barrel before bottling in December 2012/January 2013.
The wine shows an attractive lemony yellow-green colour with a complex nose of citrus, vanilla, butterscotch, tropical fruit and mineral tones. The palate is long and full with delicate wooding. Beautifully refined and elegant.
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Name Vergelegen Chardonnay Country South Africa Region Somerset West ABV% 14% Vintage 2015 Grape Variety 100% Chardonnay Size 750ml Dietary Information No