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Vilafonte - Vilafonte Series C 2014


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Paarl
  • Wine Maker: Zelma Long
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 8% Malbec
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2030
Duty/Vat Paid
Minimum Qty: (6 btls)
WA: 94 (2014) VS: 91+ (2014) WS: 90 (2014) JS: 94 (2014) WE: 91 (2014) TA: 96 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Series C takes its name from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which predominantly defines the style of this wine. The Series C style is that of a firm, powerful and concentrated wine, rich in fruit at release and blended for long aging. The Cabernet comes from our most potent blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, the Cabernet Franc displays hints of violet flowers and elegance while the Merlot component gives it a velvety texture.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)94 pts

The 2014 Series C is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc, matured in 70% new French oak for 22 months. Deep in color, in my opinion it has a superior bouquet compared to the Series M this vintage: very well defined with gorgeous black cherry and blueberry fruit, the oak seamlessly integrated even though it will need 3-4 years to fully integrate. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth and velvety in texture with finely tuned acidity, nicely poised and gently fanning out with a fresh blackberry and bilberry finish, white pepper and clove lingering on the aftertaste. This is one of the most refined vintages of Series C that I have tasted.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)91+ pts

Bright, moderately saturated ruby-red. Resiny oaky high tones to the aromas of cassis, graphite and bitter chocolate. Plush, pliant dark berry flavors show a menthol reserve along with lovely ripeness and depth of texture. Serious, broad, dusty but suave tannins are nicely buffered by fruit on the long, supple back end. This Bordeaux blend fills the mouth without coming off as heavy. It already demonstrates a pleasing balance but should probably be forgotten in the cellar for at least five or six years. Finishes with a late chocolate note and hints of licorice and minerals. A bit youthfully medicinal.

Wine Spectator (2014)90 pts

A dark, muscular style, with a chewy edge to the mix of black currant and fig fruit flavors thanks to lots of tobacco, espresso and loam notes. Stays dark and grippy through the finish. This may round into form with cellaring, but will likely stay on the rustic side of the spectrum. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2018 through 2024. 916 cases made.

James Suckling (2014)94 pts

A very impressive wine that shows cassis, preserved plums, tar and hints of eucalyptus and cloves. The palate's full and packed in with all-encompassing tannins and a long, complex finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Needs a bit of time for the tannins to soften and oak to integrate. Drink in 2021.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)91 pts

At present, the wood dominates the nose and mouth of this lush, creamy wine. It's brimming with notes of cedar, sweet spice and bittersweet cocoa powder that ride atop the baked cherry and raspberry fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and plush, with velvety tannins and lingering dry, spicy notes that grace the finish. An infant now, give it some time to further harmonize and the oak to integrate; try after 2019.

Tim Atkin (2014)96 pts

Cabernet rules the blend here - hence C - with support from Merlot, Malbec and a splash of Cabernet Franc. This is a dense, serious, stylish, age worthy cuvée that deserves its cult following. Structured, spicy and winningly oaked, with a core of refreshing black fruit. 2019-26

Vinification Notes

Series C matured for 22 months in 90% new French oak barrels and 12 months in bottle before release. Cellaring this wine for 3 years will enhance integration and flavour complexity & will reward the collector. Savour for the next 20 years.