Country: South Africa
Grape: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
Region: Paarl Simonsberg
Variety: Red Wine
Vilafonté Series C 2014
Winemaker Notes: Series c rewards with immediate complex aromas of warm cocoa, toasted bread and blackberry jelly; denser than just primary fruit. The wine is layered with concentrated bright, ripe black fruit. It displays weight and density of flavor on the palate without heaviness or heft and with a long intense fruit finish. Compact and refined, series c is immensely harmonious with a sense of the explosion of flavor to come. Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) contributes to the structure,tannin base, and dark fruit; Merlot (19%) provides complexred fruits and smooth texture. In perfect synergy the Malbec(10%) adds to the succulent black fruit flavors and texture. TheCabernet Franc (6%) provides high notes of cedar and violets,with elegance on the palate.Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates. Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. For most of the 20th century, it was the world's most widely planted premium red wine grape until it was surpassed by Merlot in the 1990s.The classic profile of Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be full-bodied wines with high tannins and noticeable acidity that contributes to the wine's aging potential. In cooler climates, Cabernet Sauvignon tends to produce wines with blackcurrant notes that can be accompanied by green bell pepper notes, mint and cedar which will all become more pronounced as the wine ages. In more moderate climates the blackcurrant notes are often seen with black cherry and black olive notes while in very hot climates the currant flavors can veer towards the over-ripe and "jammy" side. In parts of Australia, particularly the Coonawarra wine region of South Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon wines tend to have a characteristic eucalyptus or menthol notes.