Villafonte Series M South African wine Stellenbosch-PaarlVillafonte Series M South African wine Stellenbosch-Paarl

Vilafonté, Series M 2018

“This very well may be one of the finest young Vilafonte reds I have ever tasted on release.” – Greg Sherwood MW

A Malbec and Merlot-led blend with Cab Sauv and a splash of Cab Franc. This is a big, bold wine full of generous flavours of black cherry, blueberry and liquorice, balanced by rich concentration and lingering espresso notes.

The palate shows a seamless fine structure, silky focus and alluring, supple texture.

97pts | Greg Sherwood

£49.99

In stock

Paarl

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied

Description

GRAPE VARIETALS

42% Merlot, 39% Malbec and 19% Cabernet Sauvignon.

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

A deep ruby colour with an inky purple rim.

Aromatics showing opulence and youthful tension. Complex layers of pomegranate, Boysenberry and black cherry lead to baking spice, fresh pastry and a peppery base note of teak wood shavings.

The palate shows a seamless fine structure, silky focus and alluring, supple texture. Fruit flavours are generous – luscious black raspberry and cherry, balanced by rich concentration and lingering espresso notes.

This is a big, bold wine and although immediately accessible, cellaring will reward the patient collector for the next two decades or even more.

THE VINTAGE

An abundant crop of sterling quality. Yields rose by fifty-seven percent, despite the fourth year in a sequence of below-average rainfall for the Western Cape Province. This follows Vilafont’s smallest per-hectare crop (3,1 tons per hectare in 2016) and moves back to long-term average yields.

Welcome post-harvest rains in the preceding year before leaf fall, coupled with well-timed nutrient applications, allowed our vines to build up reserves before going into winter dormancy.

Winter rains in 2016 approached normal levels, but fell below average in late winter to spring. Bud-break in the spring was very even, with rapid shoot growth which ceased well before bloom, allowing excellent fruit-set.

Weather leading up to harvest was warm and fair – perfect ripening conditions. Harvest commenced on the 6th of February with a few short pauses, and concluded on the 1st of March. At blending, varietal wines were expressive, showing a classical elegance and restrained power – steel sheathed in velvet.

THE VILAFONTE DREAM

Vilafonté is the coming together of great wine experience from California and South Africa. The vision that brought together the three founding Vilafonté partners, is the culmination of a life-long dream.

An uncompromising determination to produce wines which stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wines of the world. Nothing less.

Our enduring philosophy of nurturing a culture of patience in the cellaring and enjoyment of our wine is honoured and facilitated by the terroir of our site – the artistry to create wines of elegant complexity, structure and longevity.

Additional information

Wine Farm

Alcohol vol

14%

Grape

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

Vintage

2018

Roast beef and lamb

2 reviews for Vilafonté, Series M 2018

  1. Greg Sherwood | 97+pts

    “This very well may be one of the finest young Vilafonte reds I have ever tasted on release. Drink now or cellar for 15+ years.”

    Greg Sherwood MW

  2. Tim Atkin | 93pts

    “Series M is led by Malbec and Merlot, with the remaining 18% made up of Cabernet Sauvignon and a splash of Cabernet Franc. It’s a bold, concentrated, later picked style with lots of perfumed, toasty oak, liquorice, blueberry and sandalwood flavours, layered tannins and enough acidity to lift and freshen the finish. 2023-28”

    Tim Atkin MW

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