Margaret River has always been famous for the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec. Cabernet is more robust, with consistently good quality, given the temperate ripening conditions. Merlot and Malbec prefer the cooler, less exposed vineyard sites. The small portion of Merlot and Malbec help soften the tannin profile on the palate and give a perfumed floral lift to the nose. The philosophy behind Vasse Felix Cabernet is to blend from various growers from the Margaret River subregions, providing differences in terms of tannin structure, fruit profile and overall quality. Blending these subregions, we create a true Margaret River 'Regional' style and provide consistency from year to year. A small portion of Mount Barker and Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon may also be added to further improve the complexity of the wine and provide an earthy, mineral streak to the blend.
The 2005 vintage was very distinct with a warm Spring with adequate ground moisture setting the vines up well during the early growing season and a cool, mild summer period in early February, allowing good vigour and vegetative growth without stress. The season also experienced some humidity with several rainfall periods providing plenty of water to the vines.