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Vilafonté, Seriously Old Dirt 2019

Described by co-founder Mark Ratcliffe as a “drink tonight wine”, the Seriously Old Dirt 2019 release came swiftly after a sell-out 2018.

“Exciting flavours of sweet mulberry, black plum, cinnamon and cedar. Super fresh and elegant, concentrated yet light on its feet.” – Decanter

A Bordeaux blend of Cab Sauv, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that brings together winemaking experience from California and South Africa.

94pts | Decanter

£28.50

In stock

Paarl

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied

Description

GRAPE VARIETIES

Cabernet Sauvignon 86%, Malbec 6%, Merlot 5% and Cabernet Franc 3%

WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES

Seriously Old Dirt 2019 displays a brilliant, deep garnet-red colour.

This wine delivers layers of fresh fruit on the nose; plum, black cherry, and blackberry along with warm notes of baking spice and vanilla pod. Subtle liquorice and seductive tobacco and hazelnut add a luxurious dimension. Flavours of ripe black cherry develop into lovely mineral notes, along with a lingering finish.

Sumptuous and supple, with a line of acidity, giving elegance and balance. Though more firmly structured than recent predecessors, this vintage remains true to the essence of Seriously Old Dirt, with an approachable, youthful energy.

THE VINTAGE

A tale of two seasons. In the shadow of the persistent drought condition, the preceding winter to harvest 2019 saw the drought break with good rainfall – forming the basis for a good vintage to follow.

Fluctuating weather conditions saw an uneven budbreak, which required in-bunch sorting to maintain quality. Weather conditions improved at the onset of summer. Warmer weather in November was conducive to vineyard growth.

A testament in resilience of the winegrowing team, the wines of this vintage show freshness, concentration and elegance.

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

13.5%

Grape

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

Vintage

2019

Roast beef, lamb and pork.

2 reviews for Vilafonté, Seriously Old Dirt 2019

  1. Tim Atkin | 90 pts

    “The 2018 Old Dirt has sold out, so Vilafonté are already on to the 2019 release. Ripe, plush and appealing, this is what Mike Ratcliffe calls a “drink tonight wine” made from a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Smooth and lightly wooded, it’s a Western Cape cuvée with jammy berry fruit, decent acidity and savoury tannins. 2022-25”

    Tim Atkin MW

  2. Decanter | 94pts (Silver)

    “Exciting flavours of sweet mulberry, black plum, cinnamon and cedar. Super fresh and elegant, concentrated yet light on its feet.”

    DWWA

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