Stellenbosch winery Vergenoegd remains resolutely low profile despite having been bottling wine under own label since 1972 and counting the illustrious Meerlust as its neighbour. The wines are hence never top of mind for me but whenever I do encounter them, I’m impressed, the house style being classical, the wines about balance and finesse rather than power and weight.
Recently, the Cabernet Sauvignon 2005. Including 5% Merlot, the wine spent 22 months in French oak. Whereas most local producers are already selling their 2009 or 2010 vintages, this is current release and sells for R120 a bottle from the farm. I found red and black fruit, attractive oak spice and a vaguely olivaceous note. It was medium bodied with fresh acidity and fine tannins. No longer entirely primary but embarking on what I think will be a long journey of maturation. Not super-complex but all of a piece and immensely satisfying. Score: 16.5/20.