Following on from the legendary 1995 and 1996 vintages this wine lives up to its predecessor’s with aplomb. The 1996 was voted in the top 20 Australian Cabernets by Wine magazine, Winestate magazine and Winewise magazine. 1 gold medal and 3 silver medals were awarded in national wine shows. The 1997 vintage also won silver in its first showing at the 1998 Melbourne show.
The refinement of Vasse Felix Cabernet in recent vintages has come from viticultural factors such as; vine age (30 years old), vine site (Margaret River and Mount Barker), fruit ripeness 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.