Vilafonté Series C 2018

Vilafonté Series C 2018

World pre-release – Exquisite & redolent from a small vintage

I remember attending the release of the maiden 2003 Vilafonté Series C at a Heritage Square lunch back in 2005. The ground-breaking project saw the very best wine producers in California, Zelma Long and Phil Freese, partner with Mike Ratcliffe, the ex-owner of Warwick. Apart from the new international perspective, attention to detail was of the highest priority to push the boundaries of red wine quality in South Africa.

Fifteen vintages later and Vilafonté is South Africa’s most important luxury wine. Although produced in meaningful volumes, the demand continues to grow and we are delighted to be the first, worldwide, to offer the 2018 on pre-release!

Vilafonté Series C 2018

2018 was regarded as a more varied vintage and yields were down 25% after 3 heavily affected drought vintages. The smaller berries led to more concentration, along with fresh acidity and remarkably fine tannins. The style is more classic than you may think and reminds me of young Bordeaux on the nose. The deep aromatics and pure fruit lead on to a taut and powerful palate that offers superior persistence. It is one of Vilafonté's finest vintages to date.

Comprising of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Franc, it was aged in 69% new French oak for 22 months. It needs some time to knit together and will drink well from 2023-35+.

Please note, this is a pre-release offer and delivery will take place from 1 November 2020.

 

 

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