Vilafonté, Series C 2016 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Paarl
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Vilafonté_SeriesC_750ml_2016
R1,850

Critic Score

97+
GS

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Tasting notes:
'62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Franc aged 22 months in 77% new French oak. 30 barrels produced. The most focused and intricate of aromatics, the small, tight, compact black grape bunches harvested in 2016 are accurately captured and represented perfectly in this stunning premium wine. Less distinctly showy and opulent than the 2015 blockbuster at the same stage of its evolution, this is an incredibly finely composed red blend with massive precision but also plenty of curb appeal, revealing fragrant layers of crushed violets, blueberry pie, vanilla pod spice, buttered brown toast, saline cassis, liquid minerality and a graphite complexity. Within a restrained, concentrated style, this vintage represents the most intelligent extraction and tannin management possible reflecting the care required to handle the small, thick skinned berries in this drought vintage. A hauntingly pretty wine that is seriously compact and complete and dare I say a step up in quality on even the spectacular 2015 release. Drink from release or cellar for 25+ years as this wine certainly has the structure and stuffing for the long haul.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 97+/100

'Series C seemed to cope a little better with the heat of the 2016 vintage than its stablemate Series M, partly because it's Cabernet Sauvignon based with 15% Merlot and only 12% of less stable Malbec. With flavours of liquorice, plum and blackberry, this is a layered, wellstructured red with impressive concentration, fine oak and granular tannins. Drink 2021-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 96/100

'Refined, ageworthy cab-led Bordeaux blend with merlot, malbec & cab franc (15/12/11), 2016 less dense, more elegant than previous. Black-fruit intensity & length, also dark chocolate & pencil shavings from 22 months in 77% new French oak. In magnum, too.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (93/100)

Alc: 14.5%

About Vilafonté:
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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Alcohol 14.5%
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Blend information 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 12% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Franc
Rating GS 97+
Winemaker Chris de Vries
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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