Vilafonté Series C 2012

Precision engineered.

Precision engineered.

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
Price: R425

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.

Score: 92/100.

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Vilafonté Series C 2012
Price: R500

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.

Score: 94/100.

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2 Comments

  1. James PietersenNovember 4, 2014 at 8:49 amReply

    These wines certainly do offer great value. To get a wonderful insight into the Series M and Series C wines, why not join us (Wine Cellar), at either our JHB or Cape Town tastings of Ten Years of Vilafonté with a Twist. I certainly think these have improved much over the last 5 years. The 2011 Series C was also one of my favourite red wines of the Platter’s five star releases this year.

  2. dionysusNovember 3, 2014 at 2:02 pmReply

    A couple of things about these wines that I find interesting.

    W.O. Paarl: I can’t think of anything better originating out of Paarl. Is this an example of terroir or is this an example of what great winemakers can do? I am sure somebody will add that you can’t have one without the other. My point is that contrary to popular belief you can produce fine wine labelled W.O Paarl.

    At about R500 per bottle these wines represent real value. Earlier this year Wine Cellar hosted a tasting of the most expensive South African wines and Vilafonte was the cheapest. Many of the wines tasted that night were made in minute quantities and extremely hard to come by. Vilafonte is certainly more readily available.

    Every time I have had the pleasure of experiencing these wines, the standout characteristic has been the tannin’s. Suave, sophisticated even plush. Certainly modern wines in the best possible way.

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