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Vilafonté to expand plantings

Vilafonté with Paarl Rock in the background.

A fascinating morning spent in the Paarl vineyards of Vilafonté with Dr Phil Freese, preeminent viticulturist and co-owner of the venture. 120 days from flowering to picking and each flower (which in turn become a berry) a “timer”, Freese wanting … [Read more...]

Vilafonté Series M 2005

Library stock.

Should mature wine command a price premium? Mike Ratcliffe, managing partner of Vilafonté recently announced the re-release of the 2005 vintage of the Series M, a blend of 52% Merlot, 17% Malbec and 31% Cabernet Sauvignon which will sell for R1 250 a … [Read more...]

Vilafonté Series C 2010

Immaculately turned out.

Man shapes the environment but does the environment shape man? Vilafonté is the joint venture between Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick in Stellenbosch and eminent US wine personalities Phil Freese and Zelma Long. First bottling was 2003 and I’ve struggled … [Read more...]

Vilafonté Series C 2009

Mike Ratcliffe, co-owner of Vilafonté

Vilafonté is a joint venture between Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick in Stellenbosch and American husband and wife Phil Freese and Zelma Long, Phil an accomplished viticulturist and Zelma equally skilled as a winemaker. The property is in the … [Read more...]

Warwick Chardonnay 1998

Warwick managing director Mike Ratcliffe

Yesterday a tasting of soon-to-be released wines from Stellenbosch winery Warwick.  The Chardonnay 2009 is looking particularly good, with a rich core of fruit but also some interesting secondary flavours. Grapes come predominantly from a vineyard … [Read more...]