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If you're looking for collectible wines, you can't go wrong with Vergelegen

by , 24 July 2013

As any art collector will know, a Rembrandt or Van Gogh is worth far more than a painting from an unknown artist in Ghana. It's the same with fine wine. And they don't get much more collectible than the wines artfully produced at Somerset West's world renowned Vergelegen Wine Estate…

Anyone can be a wine lover.

But to be a true wine connoisseur, you need to fill your wine rack with the very best, most prestigious wines on the market. Wines that represent a unique style and sought-after characteristics.

We’re not just talking wines that knock the socks off your dinner guests when you uncork a bottle at the dinner table.

We’re talking about wines that those who are really ‘in the know’ believe are ‘true’ collectibles.

Do you know what makes a wine a collectible wine?

There are three factors you need to consider when determining whether a wine is worth collecting or not, explains India’s Wine Magazine:

  • The wine must have a proven track record.
  • The wine must have a long drinking window plateau. “The drinking window plateau is the period for maturity and approachability,” adds the magazine. In other words, how long the wine takes to be at its best.
  • There must be an agreement among leading experts that this is a quality wine. 

So before you invest a cent into buying a collectible wine, you need to ensure it meets these criteria!

And that’s exactly what Richard Cranna, wine socialite and house buyer’ of the FSP Wine Club believes Vergelegen’s wines deliver.

How do Vergelegen wines make the grade?

Collectible wine criteria #1: Proven track record: The Vergelegen wine estate has been around since 1700. That’s 313 years of providence for this world-class estate. And it’s been crafted by some of the world’s great explorers and visionaries – including the governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Today, Anglo American runs the vineyard.

Collectible wine criteria #2: A long drinking window plateau: SA Wine expert Greg Sherwood, had the following to say about one of Vergelegen’s wines on wineanorak.com:

“I have to add quite strongly that while the wine is drinkable now, just in the same way a bottle of 2001 or 2002 first growth claret would also be, drinking it now would not do the wine or winemaker any justice. I would agree with the general consensus and start drinking in perhaps 5 years’ time when flavours will have melded and integrated and there’s a hint of tertiary bottle development to add to the wine’s complexity.”

Collectible wine criteria #3: Expert approval: Since 1999, Vergelegen wines have earned more than 200 awards! These include:

  • Ratings from Stephen Tanzer, editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed International Wine Cellar
  • 5 and 4.5 star ratings in the renowned Platters’ Guide
  • Best South African Winery as voted by Wine Magazine
  • And much more.

In addition, during a recent tour to the vineyard, UK wine experts Tim Atkin and Oz Clarke tasted 14 Vergelegen wines.

How did they fare?

The experts scored 12 of the wines tasted above 90 points - the most 90 plus point scores of all the participating vineyards in South Africa.

So there you have it. Proof that Vergelegen wines tick all three boxes and are true collectible wines.

And that’s not all…

Sipping on a Vergelegen wine puts you in the same seat as international stars

Vergelegen wines also make a great story to tell at the dinner table.

For example, did you know that the first unbanned meeting of the ANC took place at Vergelegen? Attendees of the meeting, amongst others, were future heads of state Nelson Mandela and Thabo M’Beki, reports the estate’s website.

Bottom line: If it’s good enough for heads of state and celebrities of international renown, Vergelegen wines are good enough for an addition to your collectible wines.



If you're looking for collectible wines, you can't go wrong with Vergelegen
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