By FSP Invest, 01 August 2013
To be an exceptional wine collector, you need exceptional wine. What counts as an exceptional wine? Firstly it must be utterly delicious. It must be prestigious, and that prestige must be built on a solid history. And Vergelegen V 2008 meets and exceeds all these standards.
When it comes to finding that collectors’ gem, there are three factors that make a good wine exceptional.
And that’s exactly what Vergelegen V 2008 delivers.
#1: Vergelegen V 2008 is rare and beautiful
Vergelegen’s flagship red, Vergelegen V 2008, is one of the most interesting and satisfying wines on the market.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is matured for 20 months in new French oak barrels before being rested for a further two years before the wine is released to the public. And, as Wine.co.za describes, this means Vergelegen V has a complex nose. You’ll enjoy notes of red cherries, lead pencil, blackcurrants and cedar wood.
These aromas then develop in the glass and connect with raspberry, black cherry, and spice box aromas. On the palate, Vergelegen V 2008 is bold but fresh. With tannins that soften further in the glass, this luxurious wine has a long aftertaste that lingers delightfully on your palate.
#2: Vergelegen V 2008 is locally revered and internationally treasured
Vergelegen V 2008 is one of the wines South African connoisseurs are most proud of. Renowned food and wine commentator Michael Olivier says: “If you want to know what wine tastes like in heaven, think no further than this wine. [It] can stand equal amongst the world’s best.”
Christian Eedes, of popular wine blog What I Drank Last Night, describes the Vergelegen V as “Everything you want on good Cab… The wine is big but does not sacrifice refreshment – very accomplished.”
Meanwhile, Greg Sherwood (wine writer for Wine Anorak) describes the Vergelegen V as “an iconic wine in the making.”
But it’s not just the critics that love this wine, the judges for prestigious wine awards do too!
Earlier this year, Vergelegen V 2008 won the French Wine Trophy and the Taj Classic Award at the Taj Classic Wine Trophy 2013 show. It also scored a brilliant 95 points by UK wine expert Tim Atkin in his 2013 report on South African wines.
#3: Vergelegen V’s history has roots buried deep in the Cape of Storms
Vergelegen means ‘situated far away’. And when you visit, it certainly feels like Vergelegen Estate is situated in another world of tranquil beauty, far from the stresses of modern life. This world-class estate is over 300 years old, and perfectly blends a rich history with modern luxuries in Somerset West. Founded by governor of the Cape in 1706, Vergelegen is one of the oldest estates in South Africa. It was the historical site of the first unbanned ANC meeting, where Vergelegen hosted dignitaries like Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
Bottom line: With such a rich heritage, universal acclaim and of course superior quality, Vergelegen V 2008 is a must-own wine for the distinguished wine collector.
Available by the bottle, Vergelegen V will store well in your wine rack, and can be enjoyed for ten years.