If you rely on Platter’s and Platter’s alone to inform your wine purchasing decisions and want a verdict on the recently released 2012 vintages of Series C and Series M from Paarl property Vilafonté, then you will have to wait for the 2016 guide to come out – it’s the 2011 vintages that are reviewed in the 2015 edition launched last week, the Series C rated 5 Stars.
Based on my recent tasting of the 2012s, however, my advice would be that they can be acquired with confidence – these wines grow ever more precise. Tasting notes and scores as follows:
Vilafonté Series M 2012
48% Merlot, 35% Malbec, 17% Cabernet Sauvginon. Red berries, some floral perfume and attractive oak spice on the nose. Succulent fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins – really well defined. Suave and sophisticated.
Vilafonté Series C 2012
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec, 19% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Dark fruit, subtle hints of cocoa and vanilla. Excellent depth of flavour, fresh acidy and temarkable tannins, which manage to be super- fine but also super-grippy. Sweet fruited upfront, ever so slightly savoury (olivaceous) on the finish – still very primary and should reward maturation.