This is the second year that the Wanderers Golf Club is bringing members and guests the Vergenoegd wine evening, due to popular demand.
One of the three great Wine Estates of the False Bay area, Vergenoegd is close to Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Somerset West.
The Vergenoegd Cabernet Sauvignon made its name on the National Red Wine Show five times as Champion and four times as Grand Champion wine. This success has continued through the years until today with all the Vergenoegd wines consistently being awarded excellent star ratings in both the John Platter South African Wine Guide and the authoritative Wine Magazine tastings.
Wanderers Golf Club 2017 Vergenoegd Wine Pairing Dinner Menu:
Minestrone , a thick Italian tomato based vegetable and pasta soup served with a selection of breads accompanied by Shiraz 1979
Whole roasted sirloin served with seasonal vegetables , roasted potatoes and a red wine jus accompanied by Reserve 1989 & Merlot 1999
A decadent chocolate lava dessert served with mixed berries accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
A selection of cheese and biscuits served with dark chocolate to complement a current vintage port
Through the years, it seems that all the odd years prove to be a lot better than the even ones.
The above selection was made to show different cultivars and a blend from each decade, to firstly prove the consistency of quality of Vergenoegd wines, as well as to compare the climatic influences of the different decades.
Vergenoegd Wine Evening Details
DATE : Thursday 22 June 2017
TIME : 18:00 for 18:30 – Welcome Runner Duck Sauvignon Blanc followed by Wine pairing dinner
COST : R 300 pp
Bookings Essential by Tuesday 20 June
CONTACT : Derryn Tel : (011) 447-3311 ( office closed Sunday and Monday )
e-mail : email@example.com
About Vergenoegd Winemaker, Marlize Jacobs
The current Winemaker and Viticulturist, Marlize Jacobs started on the farm in 2007, and is now the new head Winemaker. She continues making the wines in the well-known style, concentrating on continuous consistency and quality in every vintage.
The Runner Ducks of Vergenoegd
In addition to been known quality wines, Vergenoegd is also renowned for its daily duck run.
1070 Runner Ducks at the Vergenoegd farm assist in the control of the snail and pest population in the vineyards, a practice they have been refining since 1984. A basic research and breeding program is in place to keep the duck workforce productive, healthy and happy.
This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols.
Vergenoegd Wine Estate
THE STORY OF A CAPE FARM
Vergenoegd was granted in 1696 to Pieter de Vos who must have felt that he had “achieved satisfaction” a short distance from the port city of Cape Town. The view from the homestead today towards Table Mountain in the west remains almost unaltered. The farm is virtually on the shores of False Bay and is overlooked by the impressive Hottentots Holland Mountains.
While there was obviously a house on the property in earlier times, the beautiful “holbol”gable, built by Johannes Colyn, with its decorative scrolls and mouldings is dated 1773 and bears the name “Vergenoegt” – incorrectly spelt.
Other architectural features of interest are the plasterwork on the archway on the side of the Manor house and the slave bell. All examples of the functional building traditions of Europe made uniquely Cape by early tradesman.
Vergenoegd had been owned by the Faure family for six generations, the last of them incumbent and winemaker being John Faure. It was Johannes Gysbertus Faure who took ownership of the Estate in 1820, by which time wine had been made there for fifty years. Johannes Albertus Faure, who was a member of the Cape Legislative Council, bred racehorses on the Estate and his brother Sir Peter Faure was also a politician and a friend of Cecil John Rhodes.
Winemaking has been an integral part of the Estate during its whole existence. The natural flor yeasts used in the making of Sherry were found on Vergenoegd by Dr Charles Niehaus in 1936 and shortly afterwards Vergenoegd was producing sherry for the KWV. It was Dr Niehaus who persuaded the Faures to plant Cabernet Sauvignon.
The charming old world cellar is equipped with modern winemaking machinery and, in its cool interior, wines lie quietly maturing in new 300 litre French oak barrels. The estate’s soil profile which varies from alluvial loam to sand with yellow clay and calcareous layers, probably of marine origin, together with other factors such as a cooler maritime climate, modern and attentive vineyard management, a minimalist approach to irrigation, selective harvesting and non-invasive vinification, result in full bodied, rich wines reflecting the unique maritime terroir of Vergenoegd.
In October 2015, Vergenoegd was bought from the Faures by Livia Winery, a German Investment Group.