Overview of the Wine
Vilafonté is the first American and South African joint wine-making venture within the global wine community. This ground-breaking red wine project is a partnership between a well respected group of 'quality driven' wine specialists from South Africa and the United States. The name, Vilafonté, derives from the primary soil type of the 100 acre estate, whose character forms the foundation of the wines.
Zelma Long is Head Winemaker for the Vilafonté project. Zelma is one of America's best known winemakers. One of the first women to study enology and viticulture at U.C. Davis, she began her winemaking career at Robert Mondavi Winery, rapidly working into the Chief Winemaker position.
Vilafonté's General Manager is Michael Ratcliffe. Mike qualified as a business major before attending the University of Adelaide. Mike is Managing Director of his family estate, Warwick which is recognized as one of South Africa's foremost wine estates.
Phil Freese is head 'wine-grower' and creator of the Vilafonté vineyard which he calls "Different by Design". Phil spent 13 years as Robert Mondavi’s Vice-President of Wine Growing. Phil designed the first Opus One vineyards, and initiated the remote sensing project with NASA that has spawned a new wave of tools for viticulture analysis and quality enhancement.
Grape / Blend
37% Malbec. 36% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc
Paarl (Coastal Region), South Africa
Seriously Old Dirt 2017 displays a brilliant, deep garnet-red color. Ultimately fruit-forward, this potent blend reveals ample, vibrant red cherry and ripe blueberry on the nose. Its fruit purity is underpinned by wel- coming woodsy notes of allspice, toasty coconut and sandalwood, deftly mingling with nuanced sweet tobacco. The palate is broad, notably fresh and generous. Juicy red fruits and a sumptuous mouthfeel integrate a core of fine, chewy tannins. A long, satisfying finish, supported by a nougatine-chocolate character, adds a luxurious dimension to this fine wine. Delightful now and will mature gracefully.
91 Points - Decanter
Vibrant ripe blueberry with a floral lift on the nose. Jammy and spicy. Fleshy and chocolatey tannin with lifted acidity.
Product size: 750ml