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.
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.
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"
...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.
Judges' Selection Award Country - Australia Red Judges' Selection Award Style - Bordeaux or Bordeaux-styled Red Blend
A new chapter in Vasse Felix history
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.