Vasse Felix and Margaret River in James Suckling's Real Aussie Wine Report
Nine wines from the core Vasse Felix range and two Vasse Felix Black Market wines have been reviewed at or above 91 points in James Suckling's recently released Real Aussie Wine Report.
Visiting the Margaret River Region back in May this year, James Suckling wrote "the best wines of the region, particularly cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays, have a beautiful freshness and brightness underlying the tension and pure fruit that give them wonderful drinkability. This energetic profile has always been the hallmark of the wines of the region." And his report certainly reflects this glowing endorsement of Margaret River wines, full reviews below.
To view the full report, please visit James Suckling's website here.
2015 TOM CULLITY - 96 Points
The 2015 Cullity is all about finesse and power with subtle aromas and flavors of currants, plums and autumnal leaves. Full body and firm, chewy tannins that give the wine length and freshness. Just keeps on growing on the palate. Better after 2022, but already a gem to taste. Drink in 2022 and onwards. Screw cap.
2017 Heytesbury Chardonnay - 95 Points
Cool, stone aromas with subtle cooked apples and lemons. Cream and floral undertones. Full body. Layered and flavorful with so much intensity of fruit and cellar finesse. Yet, always subtle and tight. Full and fresh. Drink now. Screw cap.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon - 95 Points
A beautiful cabernet showing an array of fresh herbs, peppermint tea, incense, dark chocolate, coffee beans, tobacco leaves, juniper berries and then dried brambleberries and cedar. Dense and intricately woven, this trades in vibrant berries and savory undertones. Full-bodied, it meanders through cherries and sandalwood, before reaching a long, chewy finish. Drink in 2022.
2017 Chardonnay - 93 Points
Complex and together white with cooked-apple, lemon-peel and cream aromas and flavors. Medium body, solid palate and a fresh and vivid finish. Always an excellent chardonnay. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
2016 Filius Cabernet SAUVIGNON - 91 Points
Red plums intermingle with eucalyptus and redcurrants on the nose. Lots of boisterous red cherries permeate the medium-bodied palate, where medium-chewy tannins carve out a focused finish. Drink now.
2017 Filius Chardonnay - 92 Points
Aromas of stones and cooked apples. Cream and pralines, too. Medium body, lovely fruit and acidity. So satisfying. Drink now. Screw cap.
2017 Shiraz - 94 Points
Wow. Love the aromas of plums, black pepper, cedar and smoked meat. Medium body, soft and integrated tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Friendly and interesting shiraz. Drink now.
Syrah IV - 95 points
This tiny-production syrah is the bomb with so much crushed black-pepper, slate, dark-berry and dark-chocolate character. Medium to full body. Very polished, silky tannins and a long and very rich finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Blanc VIII - 93 points
A smoothly honed and texturally complex take on sauvignon with attractive candied lemon-peel, grilled nuts and a silky build of lemons and peaches through the finish. Sophisticated, complex and textural and very convincingly concentrated. Drink now. Screw cap.