My edition of the John Platters South African Wine Guide 2013 has just arrived.
This yearly publication is the bible for top South African producers and wines, and it’s always a fascinating read.
One of the leading Cape Estates, which has seen consistently highly rates in the Guide over the past decade, is Vergelegen (meaning ‘situated far away’) and I recently tasted a range of its wines.
A good place to start is Tesco Finest* Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (£9.99).
Made by Vergelegen, this is very fresh with green tinged fruit. Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Reserve, Stellenbosch (Majestic £16.99) is the star of the line-up to me, and always seems to over deliver.
The nose shows blackcurrants and blueberry with spices, and there’s an earthy feel with tannins.
TOP TIPPLE: Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2009
Aged in a mixture of old and new oak for 16 months, this is a lovely Cape ‘Bordeaux’ style blend. The oak is really well integrated and it shows dark berries, spice and a little cedar on the nose. It’s well-balanced and has a long finish. This is really good value and would work well with a shepherd’s pie.
Majestic £10.99 or buy two for £8.99 each.