Sunday, July 26, 2015

Unpronounceable wines

Drinking a nice South African wine this evening with an unpronounceable name, Vergelegen!

I have it on good authority that this is actually pronounced, ver-gel-echen where the "gel" in the middle has a "g" as in "girl" as opposed to the "j" in "jelly" and the "ech" has a guttural Dutch like sound. Why brands with international aspirations choose local names like this is a bit of a mystery to me, I suppose it adds to the mystique; but it almost certainly adds to most (non-SA) people feeling a little apprehensive asking for it in a shop?

The wine itself is good VFM in my view though, a nice cab-Merlot blend that punches above it's weight for the money (about a tenner) This particular example improved greatly by being opened for 24 hours (under a Vacu-Vin Wine Stopper), going from a quite harsh, green (as in raw) finish to a mellow blackcurrant cream, alternatively sit on the bottle for a couple of years and drink in 2017.

P.S. I thoroughly recommend a vacu-vin stopper if, like me, a full bottle of wine isn't always polished off in one sitting (especially good for school-nights!), well worth a few quid if you fancy a cheap option for storing opened wine bottles for a day or two. (PPS. there are much more expensive options!)

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