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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense, yet elegantly structured, Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon is the oldest serving wine of the region. It comes from our best vineyards in the northern part of Margaret River, centred in the Wilyabrup sub-region. Cabernet is a robust variety, ideally suited to Margaret River's climate and deep, well-drained soils. Aromatic, with a unique structure, to us Cabernet Sauvignon is the most noble of red grape varieties.

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep red with a crimson hue. NOSE Rich, concentrated blackcurrant, violets, bay leaf and dried twigs with hints of mocha, menthol and graphite that are perfectly framed by the subtle spicy, vanillin French oak. PALATE Enters the mouth rich and seductive, with a mixture of blackcurrant, bay leaf and chocolate dust then bursts to life with an explosion of tangy, bright acidity. It finishes fragrant, long and full of superb, fine, structured, dry tannins.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Our most characteristic Cabernet parcels come from the northern end of Margaret River, grown mostly on gravel loam soil within 8km of the coast. Individual vineyard sections were fermented in parcels with many left on skins for up to 30 days. The tannin influence is also controlled through traditional oxidative handling, creating a deeply coloured wine with great structure and length. The Cabernet backbone of blackcurrant and herbal nuances with long, dry sinewy tannins is lifted to glorious heights by the Malbec's colour, tannin, acid and flavour.
Production Notes
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 1% Merlot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now, will reward cellaring over the next 8-10 years.
Harvest Date
Mar - Apr 2009
100% French oak, 18 months (40% new, 60% 1-3 year old)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2011
Vintage Notes


Two cold springs in 2007 and 2008 contributed to low yields in 2009. Summer was moderate and fine conditions remained throughout harvest. These conditions produced superbly ripe and balanced fruit displaying all the hallmarks of a fine vintage.

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 5 Star-95 points

    Gourmet Traveller Wine

    Another beautiful cabernet from Virginia Willcock and team. Fresh herb and red-fruit aromas, raspberry, blackcurrant, violet and crushed-leaf. Very cabernet; very regional. Good concentration and brightness; needs time.

  • 94 points

    The Wine Front

    I went to a vertical of Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon (among other wines) this week and so I've been going over the notes we've made on the wines over the years and adding some updated thoughts. The one wine that stands out from the past is the 2005, which seems much different to the way it presented as a young wine - unless it's just in a stage. This 2009 version though - not released until November - is one to jump on. It's a crackerjack. It's a blend of cabernet sauvignon (88%), malbec (11%) and merlot. It's the first 'standard' Vasse Felix cabernet to be entirely matured in French oak - there's usually some American.The run continues. The 2007, 2008 and now 2009 Vasse cabernets are all super. Love how medium-weight this is, and yet how well structured it is. Mulberry, blackcurrant, sweet cedary oak - and some green herb characters as a highlight. Tarragon maybe. Effortless wine for now or later. Carries its alcohol with ease. A gorgeous option for the cellar. Indeed, spunky.

  • 95 points

    Wine 100 Magazine

    Margaret River. Such are the line, persistence, refreshing acidity, confident structure, graphite-fine tannins, lifted violet petals and deep-set blackcurrants on parade here that Vasse Felix sets a standard in benchmark, age-worthy Cabernet.