Author Daniel BSite / BlogTrust Rating
Tasted On 08/01/2005Drink Dates 2010-2017
Vilafont? is a new ultra premium winery from South Africa. In 1998 and 1999 they planted almost 30 acres to a mix of Bordeaux varietals ? Cabernet, Franc, Malbec, and Merlot with most of the acreage devoted not surprisingly to Cabernet and Merlot. The vines are densely planted (2,110 vines per acre) on gently sloping gravelly clay soil. Vilafont? drops crop twice per vintage to increase the concentration of their wines. Zelma Long, a talented and very experienced winemaker who has done stints at Robert Mondavi and Simi in the past, makes the Vilafont? wines. The series c is their flagship blend of 82% Cabernet, 9% Merlot, 7% Franc, and 2% Malbec that was raised in French oak barrels (54% new). An intense perfume of blackberries. cherries, the tell tale game, roasted herb, and earth that marks South African wines, dark toasty oak, a hint of vanilla, and coffee. Velvety but firm tannin dissipate slowly in the mouth - the silkiness of the tannin is really remarkable. Lots of power balanced with plenty of acidity. If one is looking for the latest heavy weight New World Cabernet laden with sugar then this is not the wine for you. For the rest of us this wine presents a quandary: Where do I find enough cash in the budget to lay down some of this shockingly fine rather aristocratic wine from South Africa?