"NEW WORLD WINERY OF THE YEAR, Wine Enthousiast Magazine USA 2005" / "BEST SOUTH AFRICAN WINERY" Wine Magazine SA 2004-2008 / "MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER" Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show SA 2002-2004/2006


GVB WHITE BLEND *201525.70
Pale green color with full ripe Semillon flavours dominating. The wine is rich and complex with a long aftertaste. Serve at 12-14C. Most enjoyable with oysters, crayfish, poultry and fish. Blend consisting of 40% Semillon and 60% Schaapenberg Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon was fermented in 25% new Francois Frere barrels and the Sauvignon in old 500l barrels.
Platter: 95; IWR: 94
Bright, pale yellow. Pungent yet subtle scents of grapefruit pith, tarragon, crushed herbs and minerals. Broad, ripe and intense, with a slightly yellow-fruit sweetness to its penetrating fruit-driven flavours. Combines a wonderfully smooth texture with considerable power.
Tanzer: 91
Herbal, leesy, spicy and tangy, with some candlewax and citrus notes and very fine oak. Fermentation took place in 225l French oak barrels. The wine was matured in barrel for eight months.
Tim Atkin: 94; IWR: 93
STRAW WINE201310.25
Grapes were either dried on the vines or on wooden pallets. The grapes were not crushed or de-stemmed but fermented on the skins. The fermenting sweet juice was transferred to old barrels for completion of alcoholic fermentation. Ripe, tropical fruit abounds on the nose but the wine does not become dull and uninteresting due to marvelous acidity and freshness on the palate. Serve well chilled at 8-10 degrees Centigrade. Do not serve with chocolate in any form! Blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.
Platter: ****½
Bright dark red. On the nose striking cassis underlined with cedar and a fresh ripe fruit character. On the palate the freshness carries through with a sprightly lingering finish. Blend composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec.
Platter: ****; Tim Atkin: 90
Quintessential New World Cabernet Sauvignon that ticks all the boxes. Big & muscular, tending towards fruit ripeness & beguiling generosity, puirity and restraint. Promising many years of development. Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Petit Verdot and Merlot. Matured in French oak.
Tim Atkin: 92; Platter: 93; IWR 92
Awarded 95 points by Tim Atkin, UK Wine Critic: Made as a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon since 2008, this is the top red at Vergelegen and demonstrates Andre van Rensburgs mastery of the variety. It is a focused, classically proportioned red, combining freshness with concentration, suppleness with structure. Aromatic and refined, it has plenty more to give. Drink: 2016-24. Fermentation took place in 100% new French oak. The V was matured in oak for 18 months.
Tim Atkin: 95; IWR: 94