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This is the second wine I have had from this South African winery.  The first was  similar blend but with Cabernet Franc thrown in as well.  Vergelegen Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc.

Back to this wine….  Dark purple in the glass spelt out what to expect.  A nose of black plums, earth and iodine.  The initial taste is amazing.  A hint of violets come over after the waves of black berry, plum jam and spicebox.  A fine set of tannins swirls around at the finish to leave a nice mouthfeel.  The mid palate is balanced and smooth with some acidity that balances the whole thing out.  I am really enjoying this wine!

The judicious use of oak is apparent.  A finish of coffee and a touch of vanilla make this an easy drinking red that will go great all by itself or hang in there with a juicy New York strip, even some pasta with a spicy sauce.  I would guess a drinking window up to 2020 at least, with it open for business right now.

It was on sale for just over $11 and gets an easy 91 point score from me.  I will be buying this in bulk, a stunner and worthy of 5 stars easily.  Salut…..

vergelegen cabernet sauvignon merllot 2011