After something a little fuller? Vergelegen’s Premium Chardonnay is stylish and elegant with buttery oak combining perfectly with vibrant fruit keeping things fresh and perfect for something a little richer.
Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Since 1700, Vergelegen (meaning “situated far away”) has been a historic estate in Somerset West, in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Extending over 3000 hectares, from the banks of the Lourens River to the rock faces of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, Vergelegen is one of South’s Africa’s most prominent wineries. This is reflected by the fact its wines have earned more than 200 local and international awards since 1999 including the coveted Château Pichon Longueville. There are currently 149 hectares taken up with vineyard plantings, the rest of the estate has been ringfenced for environmental conservation. Situated in one of the richest floral regions of the world, the Vergelegen estate is home to some of the Cape’s most pristine natural flora and fauna. The importance and scale of the conservation project undertaken at Vergelegen is shown by the fact that it is considered the biggest private environmental project of its kind in South Africa.
100% Chardonnay made entirely from Estate grown grapes on the Rocklands, Rooiland, Slanghoek and Korhaan sites.
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 80% second, third and fourth fill barrels) for alcoholic fermentation. All the different vineyards were barrel fermented and matured on the lees for 10 months before bottling.
Citrus, peach and tropical fruits are all balanced by mineral tones. The palate is long and full with delicate wooding. Beautifully refined and elegant.
Great accompaniment to many dishes, from shellfish to with roast poultry or pork, even with deep fried food!