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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

  • 96 points - 2014 vintage
    Halliday Wine Companion
    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. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 96. Drink to 2034
    August 2017
  • Wine to Cellar - 2014 vintage
    Gourmet Traveller Wine
    Vasse Felix celebrated their 50th anniversary this year by releasing a sensational new 2013 cabernet malbec petit verdot blend made from the original vines and called Tom Cullity, after the vineyard's founder, fittingly priced at A$160 a bottle. It makes the standard estate cabernet look like a snip at a mere A$45: 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.
    June/July 2017
  • 95 points - 2014 vintage
    JamesSuckling.com
    This is so floral and fragrant with currant and blackberry character. Full to medium body, linear and edgy with a energy running through it. Firm and silky. Fine grain texture. Zingy finish. Dense. Wound ball of silk. Screw cap. Love now but will improve for decades.
    July 2017
  • 97 Points - 2014 vintage
    WA Today - David Prestipino
    Margaret River. Aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak. 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.
    September 2017
  • 90 Points - 2014 vintage
    Wine Speed
    You know when you take rosemary, herbs, cracked pepper, salt, and olive oil and make a paste and slather it all over a leg of lamb and roast it, and when it's done, there's that charred bit of lamb-herb crust in the bottom of the pan sitting in warm meat juices, and you pick it up with your fingers and eat it? That's a perfect savory moment. And it reminds me of the savory deliciousness of this wine. The Margaret River in far western Australia is famous for sleek cabernets with a dark cocoa and foresty character. Vasse Felix makes one of the best. And it tastes like it costs more than it does.
    October 2017
  • 96 points - 2014 vintage
    The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
    Cabernet, like chardonnay, has been a particular focus for Vasse Felix. This is a special wine from a special vintage. Elegance and refinement personified. Leafy floral notes on the nose, but it is the palate that really sings. Its relatively tight with a core of fine oak and firmish silky tannins, but there us a sweet fleshy fruit held with focus that extends effortlessly to a long finish.
    November 2016

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