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Vergelegen Mill Race Red 2003

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    Vergelegen was named "2006 New World Winery of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

    This Merlot/Cabernet blend has an attractive dark ruby color. Ripe berry, plum, chocolate and coffee on the nose. Hints of mint, spice and pencil shavings on the palate. Fine grained tannins with great fruit-wood integration. Note: In 2002 Vergelegen did not release a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot resulting in a more concentrated Mill Race with longer barrel aging – 18 months in 75% new oak. Ideal with pasta, pizza, stews and premium red meat cuts.

    Blend: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Vergelegen, South Africa
    2003 Mill Race Red
    Situated at the tip of the African continent at the Cape of Good Hope in the renowned Stellenbosch district, Vergelegen is nestled between the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland mountains with views of Cape Town, Table Mountain and False Bay. This fertile valley protected by granite cliffs enjoys a mild climate of long warm days that bring the fruit to full ripeness, and cooling afternoon ocean breezes that lengthen the growing season, intensifying the depth of fruit flavor in grapes. Favored with 21 soil types Vergelegen is rich ground for cultivating the breadth of noble varietals and clones essential for crafting the estates brilliant, world-class wines.

    The estate has a rich and storied cultural history dating back to 1700. The philosophy at Vergelegen is simple: “To strive to produce the best possible wines by careful decision-making that maximizes the synergy between vineyard and winery.” This is accomplished through the precise selection and delicate handling of grapes, gravity flow production, infinite attention to detail and expert craftsmanship, and results in wines of elegance, refinement, complexity and balance. A part of the distinguished brand portfolio owned by the Anglo American Corporation, world renowned for precious metals industries, as well as De Beers Diamonds, Vergelegen brings wines of superlative quality and global recognition to the family.

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    The South African wine renaissance is in full swing. Impressive red and white bargains abound. South Africa has a long and rich history considering its status as part of the “New World” of wine. In the mid-17th century, the lusciously sweet dessert wines of Constantia were highly prized by the European aristocracy. Since then, the South African wine industry has experienced some setbacks due to the phylloxera infestation of the late 1800s and political difficulties throughout the following century. Today, however, it is increasingly responsible for high-quality wines that are helping to put the country back on the international wine map. Wine production is mainly situated around Cape Town, where the climate is generally warm to hot, but the Benguela current from Antarctica provides the brisk ocean breezes necessary for steady ripening. Similarly, cooler high-elevation vineyard sites offer climatic diversity.

    South Africa’s wine zones are divided into region, then smaller districts and finally wards, but the country’s wine styles are differentiated more by grape variety than by region. Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, is the country’s “signature” grape, responsible for earthy, gamey reds. When Pinotage is blended with other red varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, or Pinot Noir (all commonly vinified alone as well), it is often labeled as a “Cape Blend.” Chenin Blanc (locally known as “Steen”) dominates white wine production, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc following behind.

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    With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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