Vilafonté Seriously Old Dirt, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2019

Produced by Vilafonté

£27.99/bottle

2019  |  13.5%

“Meticulously created for your everyday enjoyment.” Celebrate the good, the seriously good. A classic Bordeaux-style blend, builds on almost 25 years of Vilafonté experience producing wines grown on ancient African soils.

Black cherry, and blackberry along with warm notes of baking spice and vanilla pod. Subtle liquorice and seductive tobacco and hazelnut add a luxurious dimension.

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Grape %: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc

Seriously Old Dirt 2019 displays a brilliant, deep garnet-red colour. This wine delivers layers of fresh fruit on the nose; plum, black cherry, and blackberry along with warm notes of baking spice and vanilla pod. Subtle liquorice and seductive tobacco and hazelnut add a luxurious dimension. Flavours of ripe black cherry develop into lovely mineral notes, along with a lingering finish. Sumptuous and supple, with a line of acidity, giving elegance and balance. Though more firmly structured than recent predecessors, this vintage remains true to the essence of Seriously Old Dirt, with an approachable, youthful energy.

Every hectare of vine on Vilafonté is meticulously farmed and harvested, with an attention to detail and singular focus. This intense scrutiny, carried through to their blending process in the cellar results in certain barrels not fully utilized in the individual iconic Series wines. The second label called Seriously Old Dirt is a wine named after the ancient vilafontes soils in which the vines have been growing for almost two decades. “your everyday vilafonté”

Inviting & Pure
Seriously Old Dirt 2019 displays a brilliant, deep garnet-red colour. This wine delivers layers of fresh fruit on the nose; plum, black cherry, and blackberry along with warm notes of baking spice and vanilla pod. Subtle liquorice and seductive tobacco and hazelnut add a luxurious dimension. Flavours of ripe black cherry develop into lovely mineral notes, along with a lingering finish. Sumptuous and supple, with a line of acidity, giving elegance and balance. Though more firmly
structured than recent predecessors, this vintage remains true to the essence of Seriously Old Dirt, with an approachable, youthful energy.

The Vintage
A tale of two seasons. In the shadow of the persistent drought condition, the preceding winter to harvest 2019 saw the drought break with good rainfall – forming the basis for a good vintage to follow. Fluctuating weather conditions saw an uneven budbreak, which required in-bunch sorting to maintain quality. Weather conditions improved at the onset of summer. Warmer weather in November was conducive to vineyard growth. A testament in resilience of the winegrowing team, the wines of this vintage show freshness, concentration and elegance.

The Blend
Matured for eighteen months in older French oak barrique. Seriously Old Dirt 2019 consists of Cabernet Sauvignon (eighty-six percent), Malbec (six percent), Merlot (five percent) and Cabernet Franc (three percent).
Three hundred and thirty barrels were produced.

The Producer
Founded in 1996, Vilafonte is the first South African and American joint venture in winemaking. The winery got established from the partnership between three respected wine specialists and founding partners. They included Mike Ratcliffe from South Africa and Dr. Phil Freese and Zelma Long from the United States of America.

Located in South Africa’s Simonsberg Paarl area or region, Vilafonte is renowned for producing merely two wines. They consist of the drinks under Series C and Series M. Both are red wines of the highest quality and standard. Nevertheless, due to their uncompromising determination and philosophy, the winery has the capability and ability to incorporate elegant complexity, longevity, and structure into its wines.

The appellation “Vilafonte” comes from the name of the primary soil kind or type used in the estate’s vineyards that spread over 42 hectares. The soil remains recorded as one of the oldest types, dating back to around 750,000 years to 1.5 million years old.

The characteristics and features of the soil are the principal components and elements responsible for setting the foundation or base of the Vilafonte wines. By evolving over the years, it has stripped itself of a significant portion of its innate capacity. This property of the topsoil encourages and facilitates the growth and development of smaller grapevines of high fruit production and lower yields. The other types utilized in Vilafonte comprise well-weathered and gravelly clay soil.

The estate’s vineyards experience the beneficial effects of the refreshing maritime winds originating from the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. They create an optimal climate with cold and wet winters and dry and long summers. The area receives approximately 20 inches or 500 mm of rainfall. These conditions create an exceedingly favourable environment for the growth of the vines and the production of their high-quality wines.

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