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2015 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

'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.


  • Colour

    Maroon with a purple tint.

    Nose

    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.

    Palate

    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.
  • Winemaker's notes

    The structural elements of fine Margaret River Cabernet are embraced with a hint of the Malbec's dark fruit to make a classic Vasse Felix style Cabernet Sauvignon. All vineyard sections are fermented separately, accentuating the natural beauty of each parcel of fruit. After 12 months matured in barrique, the Cabernet was blended with the ideal percentage of Malbec to create a savoury fine wine with medium weight, where big is not considered the best.
  • Varietals 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec
    Alcohol 14%
    Cellaring potential Drinks beautifully on release, will reward over 5-7 years
    HarvestedMarch-April 2015
    Oak100% French Oak, 12 months (13% new, 87% 1-5 year old)
    TA6.4g/L
    PH3.56
    Residual Sugar0.4g/L
    BottledAugust 2016
  • Vintage Description

    Mild conditions in Margaret River with no extreme weather conditions, allowing for balanced fruit and a slow and steady intake. There was no disease pressure and fruit quality is excellent the only disappointment was yields being down across the Region for all key varieties. This was the outcome of storms in spring and pressure from an increase in the local population of Silver Eyes (birds) and no Marri Blossom.
2015 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 2015 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon - Reviews

    Reviews

  • Intense
    Gourmet Traveller
    Filius is the "second label" for Vasse Felix, but there are plenty of winemakers who would be happy to have this as their "first" wine,
    June 2016
  • Balance and Value
    Winsor's Choice Blog
    The Vasse Felix cabernets are Australian classics, benchmark Margaret River wines at the very pinnacle of what Australia can do. Now the Vasse Felix Heytesbury and Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, current release 2013, have a baby brother in the 2014 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon. Designed as a more approachable, less-demanding sibling this offers immediate drinking pleasure at a very reasonable price. It still has the great fruit and savoury notes but without the structure that sometimes demands years in the cellar. I loved this wine, which also has a smidgen of malbec and petit verdot in the mix, for its fruit forwardness (nearly all the oak used is older barrels) inkiness, balance and value. Great work from winemaker Virginia Willcock.
    31 May 2016
  • 91 points
    Halliday Wine Companion
    August 2017
  • 92 points
    The Wine Front
    Entry level Cabernet from Vasse Felix. 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.
    September 2017
  • 94 points
    WA Today - David Prestipino
    Margaret River. Aged for 12 months in 13% new French oak. Blend of cabernet (87%) and malbec (13%). The dark malbec fruit embraces the classic structural elements of fine Margaret River cabernet to produce an earlier-drinking wine. The fruit, sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards, is rich and dense and already packing a serious punch.
    September 2017
  • 95 points
    HuonHooke.com
    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.
    October 2017
  • 93 points
    Wine of the Week
    An eminently satisfying, engaging wine with great depth, fruit purity and fragrance. Dark cherry flavours plus a hint of tamarillo. There is an endearing coolness to the wine, coupled with restrained power. Beautifully fine tannins. Fabulous value.
    November 2017
  • 93 points
    The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
    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.
    November 2017
  • Fine, Spicy
    The Times (UK)
    "Australia's more restrained, new-era cabernets are definitely worth a punt. Of them all, Western Australia's Bordeaux-inspired, cabernet-dominant blends -- including Vasse Felix's fine, spicy, cassis-powered 2015 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (Waitrose, £12.99) -- are the ones to plunder."
    Feb 2018
  • 93 Points
    The West Australian - Ray Jordan
    No winter cellar will be complete without this cracking value for money cabernet. So stylish with chalky sinewy tannins and leafy fine fruit. Has a balance and intensity with poise and expressiveness. Touch of oyster shell and a savoury influence. An entry level cabernet, that many would love to have as their best wine. Best drinking: Now to 2028
    April 2018

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