Vilafonté,

Seriously Old Dirt Magnum

Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Malbec,Merlot,
Coastal Region,South Africa,
2021
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  • Greg Sherwood: 94

£58.00

Bottle size: 1500 ml,

In stock

Vilafonté is the coming together of great wine experience from California and South Africa. The vision that brought together the three founding Vilafonté partners, is the culmination of a life-long dream.  An uncompromising determination to produce wines which stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wines of the world. Nothing less.

Our enduring philosophy is of nurturing a culture of patience in the cellaring and enjoyment of our wines – an artistry to create wines of elegant complexity, structure and longevity.

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In The Cellar
Matured for eighteen months with French oak. Seriously Old Dirt 2021 consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (eighty-eight percent), Malbec (eight percent), Merlot (two percent) and Cabernet Franc (two percent).

In The Vineyard
Truly stellar. Harvest timing was roughly two-weeks later on average, owing to the unusually cold and wet conditions experienced in spring which delayed bud-break. Ample rains continued into early summer, leading to larger vine canopies and requiring additional inputs to manage vigorous growth. Flowering was largely even, with good fruit-set, boding well for an abundant crop. Early growing season temperatures were cool to moderate, warming gradually toward ripening. Noteworthy was the lack of heatwaves normally experienced in February and March. This meant that water resources were less strained and bunches saw little to no sunburn. We were excited by flavours while tasting for harvest decision-making. Berries were supple skinned, bursting with flavour, vibrant freshness and a bold tannin structure. Harvest began in the second week of February and we were blessed with mild weather for the remainder of the season. Wines of the vintage are intensely coloured and show a sophisticated poise and gravitas. They exhibit distinct moods with time in the glass.
"The 2021 Seriously Old Dirt is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 2% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc and shows a bright and piercing black cherry coloured core with an enticing ruby red rim. The aromatics are wonderfully seductive showing attractive notes of ripe mulberry, pressed violets, sun raisined black cherries, smoky wood embers, dried herbs and subtle earthy black currant nuances. Given time in the glass, the wine unfurls to reveal a complex savoury earthiness underpinned by sleek plush velvety tannins, soft sumptuous acids and a seamless core of red and black berry fruits with a definite Cabernet crème de cassis signature note. This is an incredibly fine-tuned, focused red blend from a great vintage that is silky and soft textured with incredible length and persistence. Devotees of Seriously Old Dirt are in for a thrilling treat this vintage as this exceptional wine will allow immediate drinking but will also reward 6 to 8+ years of extra cellaring."- Greg Sherwood MW.
Cultivar Description:88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol:13.98%
Sugar:2.2