Vilafonté is the first American and South African joint wine-making venture within the global wine community.
This ground-breaking unique red wine project is a partnership between a well respected group of `quality driven` wine specialists from South Africa (Mike Ratcliffe) and the United States (Zelma Long & Phil Freese). Vilafonté is the first winery in South Africa to be focused on producing wine specifically for the US market.
The Vilafonté philosophy embodies an obsession with quality, from the soil through to the bottle, and an absolute focus on luxury positioning. The name, Vilafonté, derives from the primary soil type of the 100 acre estate, whose character forms the foundation of the wines.
The Vilafonté team blends a unique combination of knowledge, skills, international perspective, and international recognition. The Vilafonté project aims to create the first Luxury Wine brand from South Africa.
Cultivars: 39% Merlot; 36% Malbec; 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vivid dark red fruit leads this Merlot/Malbec blend of Series M. The aromas are immediate, fresh, bright pure and expressive, including freshly picked dark cherries and black raspberries. Undertones of citrus flowers, lightly perfumed are present. On the palate, the brightness of the wine expresses with a flavor display of the fresh Spring fruits, with refined texture. The finish is firm and long, a balance of fruit and fine tannins, an underlying structure that does not assert itself but gives the wine weight and longevity.