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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine expresses the distinct regional profile of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and the site characters it takes from the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on Wilyabrup. 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 Savoury and layered with notes of menthol, jarrah forest floor and nori, entwined in deep blackcurrant and plum fruit. Oak derived cigar box, cedar and dark chocolate nuances float through the background. Palate Seamless and vibrant on entry with fine, powdery tannins, plum and red berry fruit and crisp acidity. The palate then tapers to a wonderful fine, dry finish accented with dried herbs and dark chocolate oak.
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 was also controlled through traditional oxidative handling, creating a deep 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
Varietals: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
8-10 years
Harvest Date
March 2011
100% French oak, 18 months (43% new, 57% 1-4 year old)
7.5 g/L
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.4 g/L
Bottling Date
December 2012
Vintage Notes

Vintage Description

An exceptionally dry Spring resulted in small balanced canopies and early development stages. A very warm Summer with timely rainfall around veraison was followed by rapid ripening to an early vintage. Whites were harvested in a very short time frame though retained good acid. Reds were early but slowed a little with milder conditions in March, resulting in excellent quality reds.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 5 Star

    NZ Herald-Yvonne Lorkin

    "Chief winemaker Virginia Willcock has just been nominated as "Winemaker of the Year" in Wine Enthusiast magazine US' 2014 Wine Star Awards - one sip of this and you'll understand why. Scented with menthol, eucalypt, blackberry and spicy blackcurrant notes, in the mouth this cabernet has ripe, yet restrained dark fruit. It is seductively succulent and velvety yet has poise, presence and elegant bayleaf and pepper characters on the finish. It's attainably sexy and a wine that will work the room to your advantage."

  • 97 points

    The WA Wine Guide

    I thought the 2010 was the best Vasse cabernet I had tasted. Hmm, this one gives it a real run for its money. Tasted well before release but already showing tremendous fruit concentration, albeit held in a tight oak and tannin grip. Structurally superb with tight, controlled lines through to a very long classically cabernet finish. Leafy black olive and light tobacco aromas with a seamless palate. Cracking good wine.

  • 90+ points

    Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

    Composed of 93.87% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5.18% Malbec and dashes each of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged 16 months in French oak, 43% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it offers a very good intensity of pencil lead, cloves and dried Mediterranean herbs notes over a core of cassis and wild blueberries. Medium-bodied, it has a solid backbone of medium to firm chewy tannins and crisp acid supporting the taut, muscular fruit and finishing long. Delicious now, it should cellar to 2018+.