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.
Good finishing winter rains with moderate spring conditions resulted in excellent canopy health. The summer ripening period was warm and dry with some above average heat in late January prompting an early start to harvest. The weather tempered in early February and the fruit ripening slowed to a more typical pattern resulting in a long and steady vintage. Continuous fine weather remained through to mid-April when harvest was completed for reds.
"Captures ripeness, intensity and fruit concentration in a well-honed, medium-bodied style, built for the long-haul. Tannins are well structured and supportive, yet very fine and polished, drawing the finish out very long. Another great Vasse Felix for the cellar."
Another cracking good cabernet from Vasse Felix. A slightly fleshier expression than the magnificent 2011. Loaded with ripe blackcurrant fruit with a subtle mineral and gravelly savoury character. The palate is so seamless and perfectly integrated with ripe firm tannins and excellent oak creating support. An elegant and regal wine. This continues an oustanding recent run of vintages that now places this cabernet among the best in the region...and certainly the best value.
Bright, clear crimson-purple; the bouquet sets the scene with its pristine display of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, with the barest hint of cedar, the silky medium-bodied palate unhurriedly imposing itself on the way through to the lingering finish. Classic restraint.
The first wild-fermented vintage makes this beast of a wine even more complex, with sustained layers of dark berries and robust tannins poised on the palate. Distinctly regional, the elegant fruit complements pronounced earthy characters. Spent 18 months in 100% oak, with 13% malbec giving it some real back-end grunt.