For as long as Margaret River has been famous for wine, it has been famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. A pioneer of the region, Vasse Felix first released a Cabernet Sauvignon in 1972. Intense, yet elegantly structured, it is the oldest serving wine in the region. Cabernet is a robust variety that consistently provides very high quality wines as a result of Margaret River's temperate ripening conditions and deep, well drained soils. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the more aromatic of red varieties and has a unique and wonderful structure. The small portion of Shiraz and Malbec in the 2006 blend has been included to help soften the tannin profile of the Cabernet and give a perfumed, floral lift to the nose, and in 2006, provide some rich berry fruits to the mid palate.
2006 was the coolest vintage in Margaret River�s history. Ripening of all varieties occurred up to three weeks later than previous years and a great deal of work was required in the form of leaf plucking, green harvesting and fruit thinning to ensure ideal, physiological ripeness was achieved.