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Lot 105

Vilafonté
Series C, 2011
6 (1 x 6) 750ml
Founded in 1996 with their first bottling in 2003, Vilafonté is a high-profile collaboration between the US’s Zelma Long and Phil Freese and SA’s Mike Ratcliffe. Situated on ancient soils on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg Mountain, the wines are modern and pure, powerfully made for long-aging. Just two wines are produced; the Merlot and Malbec dominated Series M and Cabernet Sauvignon based Series C. Today Vilafonte is arguably South Africa’s most luxurious red wine brand.

Sold for R 6 000
Including Buyer's Premium and VAT R 6 828

Estimate R 8 000 - 10 000


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'Seductive Bordeaux blend, cab-based as name hints, with merlot & Malbec (26/14), drops 10’s cab franc in bold & concentrated 11 (5*). Classic claret markers – ripe cassis, graphite & spice (courtesy 80% new oak). Smoothly delicious now & more so given time.' – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2015, 5*

'Very dense, with a loamy hint backing the core of licorice snap, black currant paste and warm fig fruit. This shows ample grip but remains polished and integrated, while espresso and black tea accents fill out the finish. Impressive. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc... 541 cases made. '– Wine Spectator  93/100 (2014)

'The 2011 Series C was apparently the shortest vintage in history with warm days and cool nights. It is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% merlot, 14% Malbec and 9% Cabernet Franc, aged for 22 months in new and used barrels. There is a tangible “coolness” on the nose: not as intense of as exuberant as the previous two vintages, but replete with fine blackberry, autumn leave and mineral scents, suggesting a higher percentage of Cabernet than there actually is. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple entry. This is rounded and smooth with greater depth that the nose suggests. Here the Merlot plays a more conspicuous role than on the nose, fleshing and rounding out the finish that is harmonious and long. Very fine.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 92/100 (2014)


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