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Vasse Felix - Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Virginia Willcock
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2013) VS: 92 (2013) JR: 17 (2010) WS: 89 (2014) JS: 95 (2014) WE: 91 (2014) JH: 96 (2014) WF: 94 (2014) TS: 93 (2014) RJ: 96 (2014) Misc: 4.5 Stars (2014)

Wine tasting notes

This wine expresses the distinct regional profile of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and the site characters it takes from the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on Wilyabrup. It was the first red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Cabernet is a robust variety ideally suited to Margaret River's climate and deep, well drained soils. Deep maroon with a bright ruby red hue. The nose heralds a pure, refreshing and sophisticated wine. Elevated regional fragrance of cassis, licorice, bay leaf and violets with savoury mushroom, loamy earth, dark chocolate and dry twiggy details combining to form an alluring Cabernet bouquet. The palate is compact and concentrated in flavour but well resolved in structure with a stunning silky texture at such a young age. There is a seemingly bottomless depth of blue and purple berries, nuances of herb and licorice, cedar and light wood smoke, with a gentle mouth-coating tannin persisting. 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winery Information

Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in Western Australia?s Margaret River region. Established in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, it is situated in the Willyabrup sub region where ancient soils and cooling Southern and Indian Ocean breezes provide ideal conditions for fine wine production. The Vasse Felix winemaking team shares a common goal in crafting wines of exceptional quality from unique vineyard sites. Under the direction of Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock, the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)90 pts

Vasse Felix's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is an immediately attractive, approachable wine yet shows sufficient structure to age through 2025. Ripe, supple tannins and crisp acids provide just enough structure to support the wine's ample cassis fruit. Hints of bay leaf and vanilla provide complexity that lingers through the plush finish.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)92 pts

Opaque ruby. Fresh cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering sappy, concentrated black currant and cherry-vanilla flavors that pick up a smoky nuance with aeration. Closes spicy, smoky and very long, featuring a lingering licorice note and dusty tannins that come in late.

JancisRobinson.com (2010)17 pts

Tasted May 2013 - Deep crimson. Dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. Just a little leafy. More leafy on the palate, very Margaret River. Elegant, fined boned, lots of acidity but there's an overall harmony. Needs time still. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2014)89 pts

A well-defined mix of sage, juicy wild berry and dried cherry flavors that are sleek and taut, with plenty of peppery, spicy black tea details on the finish. Drink now through 2027

James Suckling (2014)95 pts

This is so floral and fragrant with currant and blackberry character. Full to medium body, linear and edgy with a energy running through it. Firm and silky. Fine grain texture. Zingy finish. Dense. Wound ball of silk. Screw cap. Love now but will improve for decades.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)91 pts

Currant, clove, cinnamon, cola, and sun-baked earth form this attractive nose, which leads into a medium-bodied palate that has mineral and medicinal herb characters along with more cinnamon and currant. The tannins are tightly grained yet silky. A wintery Cab that could be cracked open now with food or cellared through 2027.

James Halliday (2014)96 pts

Vivid crimson-purple; it would be hard to find a more elegant, yet razor-sharp expression of Margaret River cabernet. It has cassis nailed to its mast, the sails of bay leaf, perfectly integrated oak and fine-grained but insistent tannins. Lovely wine. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 96. Drink to 2034

Wine Front (2014)94 pts

One of the great ‘go to’ cabernets out of Margaret River. This release is bang on. It’s curranty, it’s tannic, it’s varietal, it’s soft, it’s satisfying. You can ask for little more. There’s little point defining the ins and out; it’s a ‘buy’, if you’re in the market for such things.

Tyson Stelzer (2014)93 pts

A rich and full-bodied Margaret River cabernet that unites the body and strength of ripe yet crunchy blackcurrant and mulberry fruit with the dark chocolate of 40 percent new French oak. Tannins are firm and finely polished and it concludes with even flow and great fruit persistence.

Ray Jordan (2014)96 pts

Cabernet, like chardonnay, has been a particular focus for Vasse Felix. This is a special wine from a special vintage. Elegance and refinement personified. Leafy floral notes on the nose, but it is the palate that really sings. Its relatively tight with a core of fine oak and firmish silky tannins, but there us a sweet fleshy fruit held with focus that extends effortlessly to a long finish.

Miscellaneous (2014)4.5 stars

Greg Sherwood MW 94pts - Whole berry and 100% natural ferment with 8% Malbec added to the blended before 18 months of barrel ageing. Deeper and darker, packed with black berry, black cherry, eucalyptus, earthy mulberry, kelp and boiled black currant bon bons and a dusty limestone minerality. Plenty of piercing cassis intensity, suave polished pinpoint tannins, supple silky fruit texture and again, a very vibrant integrated seam of freshness and acidity. Beautifully perfumed, supremely pretty, impressively concentrated. Drink now to 2030+ (Wine Safari Score: 94/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

Vinification Notes

The Cabernet Sauvignon batches were fermented separately and matured in new and older French oak barriques, before batch selection and final blending, which included small amounts of Shiraz and Malbec to add further complexity. New & old French with some American oak – 20 months.