This wine comes from Vasse Felix's best vineyards in the northern part of Margaret River, with a focus on the Wilyabrup sub-region. It was the first red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Cabernet is a robust variety, ideally suited to Margaret River's climate and deep, well-drained soils.
Moderate spring conditions in 2009 allowed for better flowering and fruit set than experienced in the previous year. High temperatures in late January/February saw rapid ripening for whites. Harvest timing was critical. Mild conditions in early Autumn allowed an extended ripening period for reds, which was ideal.
Mostly Wilyabrup and some Yalingup fruit. Gorgeous dark-fruit aroma. Great fruit purity and intense cassis. Merest hint of leafiness. Lovely paper-fine powdery tannins. Super-dry finesse and drinkable even though still terribly young. Dark and coaly (ie dry, savoury and fine-grained) but elegant and aromatic. Drink 2015-2025
Finely balanced, this long-term cabernet has a sweet, cedary perfume of deeply aromatic dark berries and cherries, blue flowers and spicy cedar/chocolate/vanilla oak. It's long, measured and elegant, seamlessly integrating its pristine fruit with faintly smoky, cedary oak and firmish al dente tannins before finishing long, supple and tightly focused, with a lingering savoury note of dark olive.
triking varietal Margaret River cabernet is a feature of this out outstanding wine. Packs super-concentrated cabernet with its deep blackcurrant and leafy mineral and light black olive influences. The palate is firm and tightly wound with tannin and oak. A substantial cabernet with long-term cellaring an option here.
A minerally and beautiful wine with blueberry, blackberry and stone character. Full to medium body, firm and silky finish. Linear and racy. Screw cap. Just opening now.