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Vilafonté, Series M 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Paarl
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Vilafonté_SeriesM_750ml_2018
R880

Critic Score

97+
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'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.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 97+/100

'A deep ruby colour with an inky purple rim. Aromatics showing opulence and youthful tension. Complex layers of pomegranate, Boysenberry and black cherry lead to baking spice, fresh pastry and a peppery base note of teak wood shavings. The palate shows a seamless fine structure, silky focus and alluring, supple texture. Fruit flavours are generous – luscious black raspberry and cherry, balanced by rich concentration and lingering espresso notes. This is a big, bold wine and although immediately accessible, cellaring will reward the patient collector for the next two decades or even more.' – Vilafonté
More Information
Alcohol 14.5%
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Blend information 45% Merlot, 41% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc
Rating GS 97+
Winemaker Chris de Vries
Body Medium to full-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Producer information Vilafonté has been creating vinous luxury since 1996. 24 years ago, this brand saw the light of day as a collaboration between wine industry greats, Mike Ratcliffe from South Africa and Phil Freese with Zelma Long from the United States. The philosophy speaks to the pursuit of perfection with an international perspective. The Vilafonté wines are based on a contemplation of quality and designed luxury.
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