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2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

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.


  • Colour

    Ruby with a brick tint.

    Nose

    A complex savoury nose embedded with dried twigs, mushroom, soy, kelp, cowhide, peanut husk and cacao. The savoury fragrance gives way to fruit cake notes, with orange peel, red gum flower and concentrated blackcurrant combining to form an alluring bouquet.

    Palate

    A plump entrance and fruity core lead to building fine, ripe tannins. A line of fresh red-berry tang, reminiscent of dried cranberry and blackcurrant flavours, is followed by notes of dry sweet biscuit, chocolate, iron and spicy oak.
  • Winemaker's notes

    Cabernet parcels grown in the coastal, northern reaches of Margaret River on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils produce wines of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful, often tiny, vineyard sections are individually fermented using indigenous yeasts, with many experiencing maceration periods of up to 40 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration have been coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. Small portions of Malbec complement and enhance the Cabernet profile while elevated perfumes and alternative fermentation of Petit Verdot brings a bright nuance.
  • Varietals 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
    Alcohol 14.0%
    Cellaring potential Now until 2030
    HarvestedMarch to early April 2015
    OakFrench Oak Barrique, 44% new, 56% 1-3 year old, 15 months
    TA 7.05g/L
    PH3.50
    Residual Sugar 0.22g/L
    BottledOctober 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 Cabernet Sauvignon
Single bottle $45.00
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  • 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon   - Reviews

    Reviews

  • 97 Points
    The West Australian - Ray Jordan
    Captures the elegance of this great vintage. Doesn't have the density and opulence of the 2014 but there is classic angular structure. Typical graphite, soy and savoury notes with a hint of tobacco leaf with black olive nuance. Classy oak integration and fine-grained tannins. One of the very finest that marks the next statement of Vasse Felix cabernet. Ridiculously cheap for a wine of this quality. Best drinking: Now to 2030
    April 2018
  • 94 points
    Decanter
    Consistently one of region's best value reds, this is soft and fleshy, with mulberry and bramble aromatics and a plush, velvety texture. It has the structure to age, yet is well integrated and opulent, finishing with fine, ripe tannins. Drinking Window 2023 - 2042
    August 2017
  • "Stunning, fragrant, supremely age-worthy"
    Gourmet Traveller Wine - Max Allen
    This is a stunning, fragrant, supremely age-worthy red wine with essence of mulberry fruit framed by bright, lively tannins and a long, deep, botanical finish. (2014 vintage)
    June/July 2017
  • "catapulted into a new stratosphere"
    WA Today - David Prestipino
    Traditional regional nuances this wine has always adorned are catapulted into a new stratosphere here... thanks to Willcock's moonwalking dedication to wild exploration through Vasse's thriving vineyards. 97 points (2014 vintage)
    September 2017
  • Gold
    Texsom International Wine Awards
    Judges' Selection Nomination Variety - Cabernet Sauvignon
    March 2018
  • "It would be hard to find a more elegant, yet razor-sharp expression of Margaret River cabernet"
    Halliday Wine Companion - James Halliday
    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. Rating 96. (2014 vintage)
    August 2017

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