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92pt Vergelegen Schaapenberg Vineyard Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Take the fresh, vibrant minerality of the best of the Loire's great Sauvignon Blancs - mix it with the intensity and ripe fruit from the best of New Zealand - stick a surprisingly low price on the bottle - et voilà! You'd be pretty close to this excellent Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Vergelegen Estate.

This is rather a special wine, made from old vines planted on a single vineyard site on the Schaapenberg Mountain overlooking False Bay.

Famed as one of South Africa's greatest sites for Sauvignon Blanc, the high alititude vineyard receives cool ocean winds throughout the growing season, giving the wine its restraint and elegance. Meanwhile the South African sun also does its work, ripening the grapes to full maturity and ensuring rich, concentrated fruit flavours.

This could well be the greatest Sauvignon Blanc being made in South Africa - and yet the price is incredibly modest. Just £15.00 per bottle for a wine described by the critics as 'stylish', 'very special, 'excellent' and 'very impressive'. That takes some beating.

Unfortunately they never make a huge amount and as the crop was 50% lower in the 2016 vintage, there is very little to go round. Do make sure you don't  miss out!

About the wine

The 2016 Schaapenberg Sauvignon Blanc is extremely aromatic with gooseberry and grapefruit notes as well as touches of some more tropical fruit such as passion fruit and guava, a touch of lemongrass and an old-world style minerality - think great white Loire sauvignon.  Fresh, vibrant acidity, highly concentrated ripe, juicy fruit flavours, more of that steely minerality and an excellent balance. The aftertaste is long, clean and mou Blanc thwatering. An excellent Sauvignon Blanc that must rank amongst the world's best at this price level!

The grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed but not crushed. The de-stemmed grapes were cooled to 8°C and pumped into the Bucher Inertys Press, which uses inert gas – nitrogen -rather than normal air and ensures that the must/grape juice is protected against oxidation and flavour loss. The grapes were very gently pressed before the clean juice was fermented at 12-14°C for 16 days, followed by 3 months on the lees to add richness and texture.

Winemaker: André van Rensburg
Appellation: Western Cape, South Africa

Accolades:
- 92pts, Tim Atkin
- 91pts, Vinous
- 91pts & 4.5/5 Stars, Platter's Wine Guide
- 90pts, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
- 16.5/20pts, Jancis Robinson
- 3.9/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard: Schaapenberg Vineyard
Cooperage: 7 months on the lees
ABV: 14.3%
Drink: 2018-2026

About the winery

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.

The first vines were planted by founder Willem Adriaan van der Stel and vineyards also flourished under the Theunissen family's tenure between 1798 and 1899. In the 20th century, there were sporadic plantings by various owners, the last of these vines being removed in 1962. The soils of Vergelegen lay fallow until 1987 when the Estate was purchased by Anglo American.

When Anglo American purchased the property in 1987, extensive investments were made in viticulture and in restoring the Estate's historic core, with a view to sharing the Estate with visitors worldwide.

About the vineyard

The grapes for this fabulous wine come from the famous Schaapenberg Vineyard on the Schaapenberg Mountain. This functioned as Governor Van der Stels’ look out for ships rounding Cape Point. The 2.5 hectare single vineyard was planted in 1988 and is located 6,5 km from False Bay, directly south-facing at 320 meters above sea level.

The first vines were planted at Vergelegen in 1700 and included varieties such as 'blue muscadel', 'steendruif' (chenin blanc), white muscadel and frontignan.  Vineyards also flourished under the Theunissen family's tenure between 1798 and 1899. In the 20th century there were sporadic plantings by various owners, the last of these vines being removed in 1962. The soils of Vergelegen lay fallow until 1987 when the Estate was purchased by Anglo American.

The climate at Vergelegen is mild due to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean at False Bay some six kilometres away which places the farm within the lower Region 111 according to the 'degree days' temperature classification. Vineyard sites range in altitude between 140m and 310m above sea level, with slopes facing north to north-west, and south to south-east.

 

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92 Points - Tim Atkin
"An unoaked, old vine, dry farmed Sauvignon from a special site, this is focused, stylish and refreshing, with notes of lime and citrus and a stony, bracing minerality. A wine that ages very well too - if you can keep your hands off it."

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91 Points - Stephen Tanzer
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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 flavors. Combines a wonderfully smooth texture with considerable power" 

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90 Points - Neal Martin
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The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Schaapenberg Reserve comes from a single vineyard planted in 1988, modeled on a more European style of the grape variety. It has an attractive gooseberry, green apple and light, fresh asparagus scented bouquet. The palate is vibrant with crisp acidity, lovely depth in the mouth with more salinity on the finish than the Premium Sauvignon Blanc. This is excellent."

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90 points - Tom Cannavan
"This is a very grown-up, serious style of Sauvignon Blanc as befits its winemaker, Andre Van Resnsburg, who once told me his ambition was to make a great white and a great red from Bordeaux varieties. It is concentrated and intense, some fresh pea-shoot and elderflower, but a sense of steeliness too, the thrust of the acidity and weight on the mid-palate giving lots of savoury appeal. Long and juicy despite its obvious power, it is very impressive."

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4.5/5 Stars - Greg De Bruyn
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Very special reserve from prized sea-facing hillside vineyard. 2016 is a beguiling mix of flint, seaweed & salty-mineral limestone. Generous body with rich texture & nervous acidity, promising to unfurl gracefully for years to come."

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"Unwooded, from the reserve vinyard. crisp refreshing. Great balance of minerals with citrus freshness. This is like a south African summer breeze. Good finish."  4.5/5 Stars
 
"Stunning well balanced sav blanc. Fruity notes, minerality and a smooth welcoming acidity. Definitely recommend it as a wine to drink with a meal as well as on its own." 4/5 Stars
 
"Beautifully Balanced Sauvignon Blanc. Nice balance of mild fruity flavours and acidity."  5/5 Stars

 

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