This Margaret River benchmark wine has been made every vintage since 1972. Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the intense and succulent, yet refined and structured style for which Margaret River Cabernet is known. Small portions of Malbec have been incorporated into the wine throughout its history, depending on the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon is matured in French oak for 18 months. Cellaring potential: 10 + years. Available: Internationally.
VARIETIES: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. HARVESTED: Mar – Apr 2010. OAK 100% French oak, 18 months (51% new, 49% 1-4 year old)
NOSE : Complex and intriguing dried sage, aniseed and violet aromas whisper through deeper notes of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and candied orange peel. A sophisticated lick of French oak provides hints of graphite and vanilla.
PALATE : Beguiling cranberry and blackberry flavours and an invigorating tangy acidity combine seamlessly to provide great intensity and succulence, whilst ultra-fine, structural tannins draw the palate to a tight, dry and delicately perfumed finish.
WINEMAKERS COMMENTS: Our most characteristic Cabernet parcels come from the northern end of Margaret River, grown mostly on gravel loam soil within 8km of the coast. Individual vineyard sections were fermented in parcels, with many being left on skins for up to 30 days. The tannin influence is also controlled through traditional oxidative handling, creating a deeply coloured wine with great structure and length. The Cabernet backbone of blackcurrant and herbal nuances with long, dry sinewy tannins is lifted to glorious heights by the Malbec’s colour, tannin, acid and flavour.