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2013 Tom Cullity

Vasse Felix, Margaret River's founding wine estate, was established by Dr Thomas Brendan Cullity in 1967. Among his first plantings were Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec vines, from which he produced the estate’s first red wine. The Tom Cullity descends from these original vines and represents the pinnacle of Vasse Felix. The inaugural release was in May 2017, coinciding with Vasse Felix's 50th Anniversary. 

Dr Tom Cullity

Dr Tom Cullity was a respected Cardiologist from Western Australia. He discovered the great table wines of Europe in the 1950s while in Britain working at the National Heart Hospital. Upon returning home, Tom set himself a mission to make fine wines in WA. He searched extensively for the perfect plot of land, taking guidance from the research of Professor Harold Olmo (1955) and Dr John Gladstones (1965) before establishing an 8 acre vineyard in Cowaramup called Vasse Felix.

His exhaustive work and persistence led to the successful creation of Margaret River’s first commercial wines. He is remembered for his pioneering role in establishing Margaret River.



Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep maroon with a brick and purple tint. NOSE Rather savoury to start with meaty mushroom, nori, salty sea breeze, graphite and spicey cedar notes. Opens beautifully with cherry pip, cassis, Christmas cake, orange rind, pot pourri and hints of Australian forest floor. PALATE A remarkable, refined, soft, elegant and almost creamy Cabernet style with sublime tannin and mouthfeel. The flavour is full, yet elevated and carries cherry, cassis, hints of cinotto, cedar and chocolate. It finishes juicy, while fine and dry.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES All fruit was grown in Vasse Felix's Home Vineyard. Fruit parcels were picked in small blocks and fermented with 100% wild yeasts. 52% was static fermented and macerated on skins for more than 20 days. 48% was open fermented and macerated for 10-15 days on skins. The wine was fined with egg whites and racked before minimal filtration to bottle.
Production Notes
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Medium to long term
Harvest Date
Mid March - early April 2013
100% French oak, 19 months (61% New, 39% 1-4 year old).
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
February 2015
Vintage Notes


Moderate spring temperatures accompanied by low solar radiation and cool soil conditions contributed to slower vine growth and increased disease pressure. Thankfully, a consistently warm and dry summer ensured clean canopies and another early start to the white harvest. Rapidly cooling weather in March allowed extended ripening time for the reds and more traditional harvest timing through late March into April.

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  • 99 points - No. Four, James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2017


    That this is an elegant wine is the first thing to note here. The nose has hints of gravel and leafy nuances -- a textbook regional expression. It's really seductive, and there's a fusion of bright and vibrant redcurrants, boysenberries and red cherries together with cassis and blue plums as well as mulberries.

  • "destined to join the ranks of Australia's greatest wines"

    via Instagram

    ...next year, to coincide with VF's 50th anniversary, the winery is releasing their first single vineyard Cabernet Malbec to replace the Heytesbury. Named after Vasse Felix's founder, who planted the region's first commercial vineyard in 1967, the Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec 2013 is destined to join the ranks of Australia's greatest wines.

  • Two Golds

    Texsom International Wine Awards

    Judges' Selection Award Country - Australia Red Judges' Selection Award Style - Bordeaux or Bordeaux-styled Red Blend

  • A new chapter in Vasse Felix history

    Nick Stock via Instagram

    A new chapter in Vasse Felix history and also that of Margaret River and Australian Cabernet at large, the Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec will be released May 1st, 2017. It is superb, props to proprietor Paul Holmes à Court and winemaker Virginia Willcock.

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