Price:  £15.95 | Case Rate: £15.16
Ex Tax: £13.29

Vasse Felix - Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Virginia Willcock
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2014) WS: 92 (2015) JS: 92 (2013) WE: 91 (2015) JH: 91 (2015) WF: 92 (2015) NM: 91 (2015) HH: 95 (2015) RJ: 93 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

'Son of' the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. It carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, more forward style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards. Maroon with a purple tint.A classical savoury Cabernet perfume. Vibrant blackcurrant fruit with gravel earth, hints of venison, mushrooms and truffles mingle with a fine sage-like herbal lift. Fragrant spiced oak notes sit beautifully underneath, delivering a touch of classical cedar. A light entrance leads to juicy fruit with bright acidity, with flavours of blackcurrant and woodsy native forest. Shapely as a Cabernet should be, the power starts to build with a fine tannin profile, leaving a lengthy dry, linear finish.

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 (2014)90 pts

April 2016 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of crushed blackberries and black currants with a bay leaf, dried thyme and pencil shavings background plus a hint of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it packs a lot of fruit into the palate, well supported by grainy tannins and just enough acid, finishing with good length.

Wine Spectator (2015)92 pts

Opens with a fresh green accent reminiscent of tomato leaf and sage, giving a savory, peppery grace note to the plush, velvety cassis and plum core. Finds balance between grace and power, with spice and herb elements lingering on the finish.

James Suckling (2013)92 pts

February, 2016. A tight and silky red with wet stone, black currant and berry aromas and flavors. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

Wine Enthusiast (2015)91 pts

At nearly half the price of Vasse Felix's premier-range Cab, Filius is less cellar worthy and more approachable young, but it still carries the winery's classic, restrained, mineral-driven stamp. A nose of red currant, raspberry, dark chocolate nibs and licorice is wrapped in a distinctive graphite and sea-spray character. Tart red fruit and graphite continue on the palate which is tight and focused with fine savory tannins and seemingly effortless elegance and restraint. Drink now–2025.

James Halliday (2015)91 pts

86% cabernet sauvignon, 14% malbec matured for 13 months in French oak (20% new). Brightly coloured; tips the scales of medium-bodied, deliberately light and fresh in the mouth, both bouquet and palate draped over a scaffold of superfine tannins providing a long finish and aftertaste.

Wine Front (2015)92 pts

Dusty gum leaf and gravel perfume, baking spices, and a mix of red and black berries. Medium bodied, again firm and dusty, subdued yet flavoursome, excellent bone structure and a lovely mouth-perfume, and a clean long finish. Trim and fresh, and very pleasant to drink.

Neal Martin (2015)91 pts

A full-bodied, supple Australian red wine blend of 86% cabernet sauvignon and 14% Malbec grapes. This wine was aged 13 months in French oak barrels, of which 20% was new. Aromas of fleshy black plums. Pair with hearty meat dishes.

Huon Hooke (2015)95 pts

Deep red/purple colour with a very attractive, clean and pure, fruit-driven aroma of cedar, tobacco, cassis and violets. It's medium to full-bodied and intense, with gentle tannins which are not too pervasive, and an overall impression of suberb balance. The aftertaste is elegant and balanced and more-ish. A ripping cabernet.

Ray Jordan (2015)93 pts

Such an elegant and stylish cabernet that captures the regional stamp or Margaret River. Blackcurrant and black olive tapenade on the nose. The palate has good oak integration and firm sinewy tannins. Controlled and integrated. Its a wine that clearly over-delivers at this price.

Vinification Notes

Both varieties were crushed separately to stainless steel fermentation vessels followed by careful cap management and extraction. Maturation in 1100% French Oak, 12 months (13% new, 87% 1-5 year old)