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2012 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 Dark red with a ruby hue. NOSE Subtle but incredibly complex fragrance with blueberry, a hint of blackcurrant fruit, floral violet notes and a subtle twiggy, Australian bush quality. Light antique and mocha oak nuances complement the dark fruit. PALATE Succulent yet fine with raspberry pip flavour and a hint of blackcurrant, leading to an abundance of fine grained tannin which stretch long and relaxed. A berry coulis tang with floral and earthy lines run through the length of the palate before a dry fragrant finish of exceptional poise and persistence.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Cabernet parcels grown in the coastal, northern reaches of Margaret River on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils produce wines of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful, often tiny, vineyard sections are individually fermented using indigenous yeasts, with many experiencing maceration periods of up to 30 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site. Malbec complements and enhances the Cabernet profile.
Production Notes
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now, will reward cellaring over the next 8-10 years.
Harvest Date
February 2012 - April 2012
100% French, 18 months. 50% new, 50% 1-3 year old
6.7 g/L
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.67 g/L
Bottling Date
December 2013
Vintage Notes


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.

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 94 Points

    Wine Taste Weekly - Tyson Stelzer

    "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."

  • 97 points

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2015

    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.

  • 95 points

    Wine Companian

    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.

  • 96 points

    WA Today

    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.