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Lot 59

Series M, 2010
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 still for merlot (49%) in 10, with Malbec & cab. Profound & vinous, rendered approachable by sweet redcurrant aromas, juicy accessibility. Light caramel notes, dryish tannins confirm substantial oaking. Elegance, spice remain hallmarks in 10 – finer, less intense than 09.' – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2014, 4.5*

'Gutsy and polished, featuring a core of fig, boysenberry and blackberry fruit studded with liquorice snap and bergamot notes, with a sleek texture carrying the finish. Shows refinement and poise overall... 550 cases made.' – Wine Spectator  93/100 (2013)

'I have been a big fan of Martin Smith and Zelma Long’s wines at Vilafonte. These are modern, lush Paarl wines that are meticulously crafted and avoid the pitfalls of being overbearing or forgetting that consumers like to drink entire bottles. For me, their 2010s are not quite in the same league as previous vintages and to be honest, they are not cheap. But the care that has gone into their creation is clearly evident and no great wine from any country hits the ball out of the park year after year. ' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 89/100 (2013)

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Estimate: R 5 000 - 7 000 

Sold for R 6 500
Which is R 7 397 incl Buyer's Premium and VAT

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