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Vasse Felix

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1996 Cabernet Sauvignon

In a recent Decanter Wine magazine Cabernet tasting, Margaret River was chosen as an area that can produce Cabernet’s of refinement and class, alongside Coonawarra the best Cabernet area in Australia. The 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the Decanter Award for "Outstanding quality, a virtually perfect example."

The refinement of Vasse Felix Cabernet in recent vintages has come from viticultural factors, such as vine age (approaching 30) fruit ripeness (picking when flavour ripe) and open canopy management. Refinement has also been due to winemaking factors, such as barrel fermentation, long skin maceration, tannin management and the use of the best French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes
A classy and enigmatic wine with rich, ripe chocolate mint and blackcurrant aromas. Sweet, rich and decadent berry fruit flavours with great tannin structure and a persistent enduring finish. Another paradoxical wine with sweet fruited and soft tannins, which allows current consumption but also the structure to age for up to 15 years.
Varietals: Alcohol:
Alcohol %
13.7
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
15 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
March 1996
Oak:
Fermentation
French and American Oak - 18 months
TA:
Acid
6.2g/L
pH:
pH
3.51
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.1g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
October 1997
1996 Cabernet Sauvignon
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