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Series M

Vilafonte, Series M 2015

R600

12 in stock

Notes

40% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Malbec

Tasting notes:
'There’s more Cabernet Sauvignon (31%) in this 2015 M release than usual, although Merlot retains its dominant slot. M is sometimes seen as a supporting act to C, but this year it (almost) deserves equal billing. Intense and concentrated with notes of kirsch, dark chocolate and cassis, it has very fine tannins indeed. 2021-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2015 Series M was picked two weeks earlier than the previous year, starting on January 30. It was aged for 22 months in 18% new French oak. It has a vibrant, expressive bouquet of blackberry, red plum and a touch of raspberry confit, neatly integrated with the well-judged oak. The crisp, taut palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and a fine line of acidity, and just a touch of spiciness courtesy of cracked black pepper toward the finish. Very fine, but it needs another couple of years in bottle.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'The Series M 2015 is being eased into the market and it’s sure to please its many fans. A blend of 40% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Malbec, the nose shows black and blue fruit, incense, cocoa powder plus a touch of black olive and earth. The palate is rich and smooth textured – these wines are always about fruit power and this is again extraordinarily dense and deep although it somehow doesn’t sacrifice all balance and refreshment value. A wine of great technical acumen, it would be churlish not to like it.' Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100

'The Series M 2015 exhibits plummy hues with an inky red-black colour. The wine leads with rich fruit characters of red plums, cherries and blueberry confit . Overtones of thyme and sage lead to a more savoury beef bouillon note, perfectly offset by warm and enticing hints of chocolate, oak and brioche. Oak aromas are well integrated and support a rich core of concentrated fruit and Peony floral notes. On the palate, Series M opens with succulent richness, with a fleshy, mouth-watering core, leading to exceptional concentration and length of fruit on the finish. It shows both finesse and intensity, eliciting plushness on the palate. The Series M 2015 will reward the investor both as a young wine and over the next decade or more.' – Winemakers

Viticulture:
Harvest was very early, two weeks in advance of the previous year, starting on the 30th of January 2015. Conditions leading up to ripening were warm and clear. The shorter period from bloom to picking, as well as the warm but moderate weather, meant the berries arrived at the cellar in very good condition, with very low rates of discard during individual berry sorting. Wines of the vintage were characterized by higher acidities, leading to great freshness, exceptional colour and balanced structure. Varietal wines were very expressive and the blends came together harmoniously.

Vinification:
Twenty two months in eighteen percent new French oak barriques, with the balance being older French oak. Series M 2015 consists of Merlot (forty percent), Cabernet Sauvignon (thirty one percent) and Malbec (twenty nine percent).

40% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Malbec

Tasting notes:
'There’s more Cabernet Sauvignon (31%) in this 2015 M release than usual, although Merlot retains its dominant slot. M is sometimes seen as a supporting act to C, but this year it (almost) deserves equal billing. Intense and concentrated with notes of kirsch, dark chocolate and cassis, it has very fine tannins indeed. 2021-28.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

'The 2015 Series M was picked two weeks earlier than the previous year, starting on January 30. It was aged for 22 months in 18% new French oak. It has a vibrant, expressive bouquet of blackberry, red plum and a touch of raspberry confit, neatly integrated with the well-judged oak. The crisp, taut palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and a fine line of acidity, and just a touch of spiciness courtesy of cracked black pepper toward the finish. Very fine, but it needs another couple of years in bottle.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'The Series M 2015 is being eased into the market and it’s sure to please its many fans. A blend of 40% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Malbec, the nose shows black and blue fruit, incense, cocoa powder plus a touch of black olive and earth. The palate is rich and smooth textured – these wines are always about fruit power and this is again extraordinarily dense and deep although it somehow doesn’t sacrifice all balance and refreshment value. A wine of great technical acumen, it would be churlish not to like it.' Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za 92/100

'The Series M 2015 exhibits plummy hues with an inky red-black colour. The wine leads with rich fruit characters of red plums, cherries and blueberry confit . Overtones of thyme and sage lead to a more savoury beef bouillon note, perfectly offset by warm and enticing hints of chocolate, oak and brioche. Oak aromas are well integrated and support a rich core of concentrated fruit and Peony floral notes. On the palate, Series M opens with succulent richness, with a fleshy, mouth-watering core, leading to exceptional concentration and length of fruit on the finish. It shows both finesse and intensity, eliciting plushness on the palate. The Series M 2015 will reward the investor both as a young wine and over the next decade or more.' – Winemakers

Viticulture:
Harvest was very early, two weeks in advance of the previous year, starting on the 30th of January 2015. Conditions leading up to ripening were warm and clear. The shorter period from bloom to picking, as well as the warm but moderate weather, meant the berries arrived at the cellar in very good condition, with very low rates of discard during individual berry sorting. Wines of the vintage were characterized by higher acidities, leading to great freshness, exceptional colour and balanced structure. Varietal wines were very expressive and the blends came together harmoniously.

Vinification:
Twenty two months in eighteen percent new French oak barriques, with the balance being older French oak. Series M 2015 consists of Merlot (forty percent), Cabernet Sauvignon (thirty one percent) and Malbec (twenty nine percent).

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Country

ZA

Region

Paarl

Style

Red

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