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    Vilafonté

    About Vilafonté

    Founded as recently as 1996, Vilafonté; was the promising collaboration between Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick Estate, Zelma Long and Phil Freese, both former key members of the legendary Mondavi team behind Opus One. Few could have predicted just how remarkable this project would become in such a short space of time even with its talented parentage.

    Representing the very first American/South African vinous partnership on the ancient continent, there was considerable excitement amongst the fine wine world as to what this meant for the future of South Africa. Well, playing more than a small role in demonstrating the true brilliance of Bokke terroir, Vilafonté; enjoyed an almost immediately incredible international reputation which spread to other great producers now sought-after globally.

    Viniculture

    This fabulous estate was very much at the forefront of a revolution in South Africa’s (at the time) relatively unknown Paarl region. The trio’s remarkable endeavours have shown that stunning, age-worthy fine wine can be crafted from this terroir – Paarl has emerged as a formidable region to rival any on Earth when at its absolute best.

    Two flagship cuvées, Series C and Series M, are produced from this 1.5 million-year-old soil. Densely planted on the bench of the Simonsberg Mountains, the estate draws its name from the oldest document soil type in the world – on which its vines are planted – Vilafonté.

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    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Vilafonte Series C 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £484.07
    2019

    Vilafonte Series C 2019 (6x75cl)

    Greg Sherwood MW (96+)

    The Series C 2019 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc that was aged for 22 months in 74% new French oak barriques with the remainder aged in older, multiple passage barrels. A deep ruby-purple colour, this really is an impressively intense and striking blend that is seductive and alluring from the moment the cork is pulled. The aromatics offer glimpses of black cherries, earthy stewed black plums, black currants, fertile loam, tilled earth, freshly cut hedgerow together with hints of hoisin plum sauce and melted chocolate nuances. The palate is medium to full bodied but incredibly pure and polished with a confident, approachable accessibility, sleek rounded tannins and layer upon layer of seamless creamy black berry fruits, saline liquorice, sweet cedar spice and a subtle blueberry accent on the vibrant fresh finish. This wine does not try and hide its sweet seductive black fruits yet there is certainly a subtle subtext of earthy, stony minerality that runs in unison with all the vivid fruit concentration. But beware all the seductive sex appeal on this wine because only the foolish would drink all their bottles on release before allowing this serious blend to hit its straps after 8 to 10+ years ageing. A deliciously accomplished wine.
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    Coastal Region 6x75cl 2 96+ (GS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £484.07
    Vilafonte Series M 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £340.07
    2018

    Vilafonte Series M 2018 (6x75cl)

    Greg Sherwood MW (97+)

    The 2018 Series M is a blend of 45% Merlot, 41% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc that was aged for 22 months in 24% new French oak barriques with the remainder aged in used French oak barrels. This wine exhibits an alluringly deep dark garnet-purple colour and wilfully offers forth an exhilarating aromatic array of seductive notions of blueberries, boysenberries, black plum and sweet cassis. The purity and detail is very impressive with delicate violet and vanilla pod nuances combining with notes of star anise, warm buttered brown toast smothered with black cherry preserve, freshly baked pastries, hints of mocha and espresso and some subtle background cedar spice complexing oak notes. The palate shows a wonderfully expansive and multi-dimensional flavour explosion together with a carefully measured richness, pinpoint purity and truly show stopping concentration all delivered with subtlety and jaw-dropping finesse. There is boldness and creamy textured fine-grained supporting tannins but first and foremost, there is freshness, supreme balance and sublime harmony. This very well may be one of the finest young Vilafonte reds I have ever tasted on release. Drink now or cellar for 15+ years.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x75cl 1 97+ (GS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £340.07
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Vilafonte Series C 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £390.00
    2019

    Vilafonte Series C 2019 (6x75cl)

    Greg Sherwood MW (96+)

    The Series C 2019 is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc that was aged for 22 months in 74% new French oak barriques with the remainder aged in older, multiple passage barrels. A deep ruby-purple colour, this really is an impressively intense and striking blend that is seductive and alluring from the moment the cork is pulled. The aromatics offer glimpses of black cherries, earthy stewed black plums, black currants, fertile loam, tilled earth, freshly cut hedgerow together with hints of hoisin plum sauce and melted chocolate nuances. The palate is medium to full bodied but incredibly pure and polished with a confident, approachable accessibility, sleek rounded tannins and layer upon layer of seamless creamy black berry fruits, saline liquorice, sweet cedar spice and a subtle blueberry accent on the vibrant fresh finish. This wine does not try and hide its sweet seductive black fruits yet there is certainly a subtle subtext of earthy, stony minerality that runs in unison with all the vivid fruit concentration. But beware all the seductive sex appeal on this wine because only the foolish would drink all their bottles on release before allowing this serious blend to hit its straps after 8 to 10+ years ageing. A deliciously accomplished wine.
    3 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x75cl 2 96+ (GS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £390.00
    Vilafonte Series M 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £270.00
    2018

    Vilafonte Series M 2018 (6x75cl)

    Greg Sherwood MW (97+)

    The 2018 Series M is a blend of 45% Merlot, 41% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc that was aged for 22 months in 24% new French oak barriques with the remainder aged in used French oak barrels. This wine exhibits an alluringly deep dark garnet-purple colour and wilfully offers forth an exhilarating aromatic array of seductive notions of blueberries, boysenberries, black plum and sweet cassis. The purity and detail is very impressive with delicate violet and vanilla pod nuances combining with notes of star anise, warm buttered brown toast smothered with black cherry preserve, freshly baked pastries, hints of mocha and espresso and some subtle background cedar spice complexing oak notes. The palate shows a wonderfully expansive and multi-dimensional flavour explosion together with a carefully measured richness, pinpoint purity and truly show stopping concentration all delivered with subtlety and jaw-dropping finesse. There is boldness and creamy textured fine-grained supporting tannins but first and foremost, there is freshness, supreme balance and sublime harmony. This very well may be one of the finest young Vilafonte reds I have ever tasted on release. Drink now or cellar for 15+ years.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x75cl 1 97+ (GS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £270.00

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