Vintage 2007 was certainly a “Cabernet year” at Vilafonte’s estate vineyards. Modest sized grapes (1.1 grams) and a small harvest contributed concentration without excessive tannin intensity. Particular characteristics of the vintage were earlier ripening, picking at lower sugars, and lovely ripe tannins. Our Cabernets typically show bright flavours, black fruit and excellent acidity at harvest; never requiring acid additions to the fermentations and this vintage was typical. With 24 months in French oak barrels and 12 months in the bottle, as of July 2010 Series C has gained great aromatic intensity and complexity. The nose “jumps out” with opulent aromas of black currant, dark cherry, licorice, chocolate, leather and fantastic well-integrated oak. Due to the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (74%), this wine displays a solid structured frame, which compliments the wines fruit while lending to the incredible concentration and length.
A “big wine”, Series C will be enhanced by decanting before serving, and will reward years of cellaring with increased complexity.
|John Platter Ratings||4.5 stars|
|Winery / Producer||Vilafonte|
|Maturity||Ready, but will keep|
|Grape Variety||Bordeaux Style Red Blend|
|Bottle Size||Bottle 75cl|