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2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

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.



Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep red with a mauve hue. NOSE Complex and intriguing dried sage, aniseed and violet aromas whisper through deeper notes of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and candied orange peel. A sophisticated lick of French oak provides hints of graphite and vanilla. PALATE Beguiling cranberry and blackberry flavours and an invigorating tangy acidity combine seamlessly to provide great intensity and succulence, whilst ultra-fine, structural tannins draw the palate to a tight, dry and delicately perfumed finish.
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 being 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, 10% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
8-10 years
Harvest Date
Mar - Apr 2010
100% French oak, 18 months (51% new, 49% 1-4 year old)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
December 2011
Vintage Notes


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.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 17.5


    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

  • 95 points

    Jeremy Oliver

    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.

  • 95 points

    Top 100 Australian Reds

    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.

  • 92 points

    James Suckling

    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.