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Vilafonté Series C 2012

If you rely on Platter’s and Platter’s alone to inform your wine purchasing decisions and want a verdict on the recently released 2012 vintages of Series C and Series M from Paarl property Vilafonté, then you will have to wait for the 2016 guide to come out – it’s the 2011 vintages that are reviewed [...]

November 3, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Vilafonté Series M 2005

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 bottle (compared to R400 for the soon-to-be-releases 2011). A bottle sent for [...]

July 23, 2013
by Christian
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Vilafonté Series C 2010

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 with the wines in the past on account of how premeditated they appear. Technically correct but [...]

December 21, 2012
by Christian
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Vilafonté Series C 2009

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 Simonsberg-Paarl ward and there are two wines under the Vilafonté label, Series C and Series M. The [...]

July 12, 2012
by Christian
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Hartenberg The Mackenzie 2007 vs. Vilafonté Series C 2007

On Sunday, lunch spent drinking Platter’s 2011 5-Star laureate The Mackenzie 2007 at the Hartenberg Fête de la Fleur; yesterday a chance to examine 5-Star nominee Vilafonté Series C 2007 . Both Bordeaux-style reds, both aimed at the top of the market, the 2006 Mackenzie selling for R325 a bottle from the tasting room and [...]

November 23, 2010
by Christian
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