'Son of' the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. It carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, more forward style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards.
Another text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in Spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent.
A recent blind tasting by four local wine experts pitted a selection of premium WA cabernets against the best from around Australia. Not surprisingly, the local Margaret River drops scored highest, beating their more expensive interstate rivals. The real shock came when the highest-pointed wine was revealed - the lowest-priced in the line-up, the 2014 Vasse Felix Filius. An unbelievable first vintage for this wine and no doubt the best-valued cabernet in Australia. Must-buy.
What a stunning cabernet for the price. This is now the third tier behind the Marg cabernet and the Heytesbury, but in some ways that does it a disservice because it is a good wine. Tightly focused and structured in classic cabernet style. Leafy black fruit with a dusty cedary influence. Very good wine.
I think this cabernet from Margaret River might qualify as mellifluous. Which is not a word usually associated with this variety. Tobacco leaf, clove and gum leaf notes add sparkle, or at least complexity, to a pure, medium-bodied ooze of curranty fruit. Said fruit is the main driver. This is a perfectly balanced red, pitch perfect from start to finish. Accordingly it is good now, and should develop well over a good deal of time.
Filius is the "second label" for Vasse Felix, but there are plenty of winemakers who would be happy to have this as their "first" wine, intense purple fruit, aromas of gum forest at dusk, fine grippy tannin.