Vilafonté, Series C 750ml 2018South Africa, Paarl
2018 was regarded as a more varied vintage and yields were down 25% after 3 heavilyaffected 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 finest vintages to date.
Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Franc
'This new release Series C 2018 is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 11% Cabernet Franc and saw 22 months in 69% new French oak barriques with the balance aged in older French oak. Following in the footsteps of three fantastic vintages in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the 2018 boldly asserts its own character and persona not wanting to live in the shadow of any of its predecessors. The aromatics are opulent and richly fruited with extroverted, evocative notes of violets and black cherry kirsch liquor, crème de cassis, ripe sloes and fresh juniper berries. The youthful fruit brightness is gently caressed by a creamy, seductive veil of subtle vanilla oak spice, cocoa powder, warm brown toast and lightly roasted coffee bean nuances. What many of the very best red 2018 blends show in glimpses, this wine reveals with generous excess. Softly textured and impressively suave and harmonious, the palate is filled with a piercing black currant concentration, salty black liquorice and an attractive vanilla pod spice complexity that coats the palate and grows slowly and persistently in volume, depth and breadth. Not only is one of the true signs of great winemaking marked by allowing a wine to express its terroir, but this must inevitably go hand in hand with the ability of a wine to truly illustrate its vintage in as many vivid colours and flavours as possible. 2018 reds have always shown an incredible translucent purity and sweet fruited concentration, extreme elegance with a compact core of power from day one with the more detailed finery never being obscured by any one single component in the glass. This beautiful Series C is a tremendous piece of winemaking resulting from an ongoing mission of vinous refinement. When all is said and done and we eventually look back on the 2018 wines objectively, I predict that this Series C will stand amongst the top wines of the vintage. Drink on release or cellar with confidence for another 10 to 15+ years.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 96/100
'Series C 2018 demonstrates; that if you want to be heard, whisper…
This blend displays dense red-black colour and magenta-tinged rim. The deep and subtle perfume of violets, cool graphite and layers of dark berry fruit has a captivating complexity. Créme de cassis, black liquorice and fresh juniper berry add to the alluring bouquet. Depth of flavour continues onto the palate, revealing multi-layered tannins, finely woven and gentle with delicious swelling intensity. Offering balance of verve, power, excellent length and persistence. The 2018 Series C requires time to express full concentration and promises enjoyment for decades to come.' – 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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