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2004 Vilafonte Series C Paarl
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2004 Vilafonte Series C Paarl

Producer: Vilafonte
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: South Africa
Region: South Africa

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2007

($70; 52% cabernet sauvigon, 35% merlot, 9% cab franc and 4% malbec) Full ruby-red. Ripe plum, musky dark raspberry and tobacco on the nose. Suave, lush and sweet, with ripe, generous flavors of plum, currant and milk chocolate complicated by mocha and caraway sweed. Round texture nicely enlivened by ripe acidity. Finishes with broad, fine tannins and lovely subtle persistence. This gained in richness with aeration and should evolve nicely in bottle for eight to ten years. Combines the best characteristics of Old and New World. I found both of these 2004s to be clearly sweeter and suaver than earlier vintages under this label, reflecting the evolution of technique here. This is a joint venture between Warwick Estate's Mike Ratcliffe and Californians Zelma Long and Phil Freese. (Broadbent Selections, San Francisco, CA)

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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About South Africa

South Africa has produced wines in the area of Cape Town since the 17th century, but the country's significant place in the U.S. market is far more recent. During the era of apartheid, trade sanctions imposed on imports from South Africa kept these wines out of the U.S. and many other markets, with the effect that local South African winemakers had little incentive to produce wines that could compete in a global setting...
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