Vilafonté, Series C 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Paarl
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The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc define the style of this wine. Firm, powerful and concentrated; rich in fruit at release and blended for longevity. The Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested from our most revered blocks while the Cabernet Franc aromatics display as hues of violet and elegance. Velvety in nature with primary red fruits, the Merlot block Z forms an integral part of this blend. Limited production.

Tasting notes:
'Fully justifying owner Mike Ratcliffe's praise for the 2017 vintage, Series C is Cabernet Sauvignon based with 21% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec. Aged in 70% new wood, it's serious, toasty and plush with smooth tannins, bramble, plum, cassis and black fig flavours, fresh acidity and very fine, ageworthy tannins. 2022-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 96/100

'The 2017 Series C is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec matured in 70% French oak for 22 months. It has an opulent, beautifully controlled yet sensual bouquet featuring layers of precise black cherry, blackberry, cedar and violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, juicy tannins. A voluminous and extravagant Series C whose smooth, velvety, almost creamy finish manages to avoid cloying. Made in a California more than Bordeaux vein, with a 20-year lifespan. Drink 2022-2038.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 94/100 (Apr 2021)

'Series C 2017 showcases beautiful purity, striking intensity and a remarkably long finish of dark fruit with a touch of clove spice. This blend displays a deep, intense ruby colour. The nose offers a remarkably complex fruit expression, opening with blackcurrant, blueberry and fresh juniper berry interwoven with sensuous violet perfume. Composed dark fruits transition to hints of chocolate and hazelnut praline. A subtle slate/lead-like minerality underlies a bittersweet, spicy Cola note. The entry is plush and weighty, with an abundance of fine-grained tannins across the palate - most reminiscent of crushed velvet. Although immediately engaging, this blend will mature most gracefully, rewarding the patient collector.' – Vilafonté

More Information
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Blend information 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 9% Malbec
Rating TA 96
Winemaker Chris de Vries
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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