While the 2007 vintage of the ultra-premium red from Vergelegen in Somerset West utterly failed to convince (green, hard and angular – score: 15/20), the 2008 is, as they say, a different kettle of fish (price: R900).
All Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time, it spent some 18 months in French oak, 100% new. Aromatically, it shows red and black fruit, graphite, tobacco and fynbos – basically everything you want on good Cab. On the palate, there’s great concentration, fresh acidity and suitably firm tannins which provide a crunchy sensation. The wine is big but does not sacrifice refreshment – very accomplished. Score: 18/20.