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Lot 324

Vilafonté
Series M, 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.

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'M is now for Malbec, having overtaken (just) merlot in beautifully perfumed & fruited 11 Bordeaux blend with cab (51/46/3). Firm dark flavours, with liquorice nuance, & a stately structure for long ageing. Less new oak (only 20%) here than sibling or similarly spicy, elegant 10. '– Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2015, 4.5*

'(14.5% alcohol; 51% Malbec, 46% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon): Bright, full red-ruby. Very ripe, chocolatey aromas of blackberry, blueberry and licorice pastille, lifted by subtle notes of pepper and mint; reminded me of a Napa Valley Cabernet. Supple, chocolatey and fine-grained, with a restrained sweetness to its glossy dark berry, menthol, liquorice and sexy oak flavors. Quite suave in texture but more chocolatey and less complex than the stunning 2012. Finishes with slightly less refined tannins.' – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, 91/100 (2015)

'51% Malbec, 46% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Smoky – but not in a rubbery way, in a toasty oak sort of way. Luscious black fruit, long and sophisticated on the palate. Still very much on the way up.'  – Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson 17+20 (2018)


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Estimate: R 5 000 - 7 000 

Sold for R 4 500
Which is R 5 121 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT


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