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2016 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 Deep Garnet. NOSE Exciting perfumes of blackcurrant and cranberry jam, roast turkey skin, smoked mushroom, nori, sage and wild penny royal herb mingle with hints of drying rose petal, a touch of peppermint tree, roasted coffee beans and ironstone. PALATE Juicy, succulent entrance with a plump core, slow building fine tannins and a soft stone-dry finish with persisting fragrance. Flavours of cranberry, blackcurrant and mushroom with light peppermint elevate the palate with lightness and power.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER COMMENTS Our Cabernet parcels are grown in Wilyabrup, (the coastal, midnorthern area 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 31 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. Portions of Malbec complement and enhance the Cabernet profile while elevated perfumes and alternative fermentation of Petit Verdot bring a bright nuance.
Production Notes
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2031
Harvest Date
Mid-March to early April
French Oak Barrique 44% new, 56% 1-4 year old 19 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
December 2017
Vintage Notes


Dry warm spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and bright natural acidity. January rain gave red varieties a timely drink and moderate long, dry conditions finished them with bright fruit and ripe tannins.

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  • Excellent - Langton's Classification VII

    Langton's Classification VII

    The historic, estate-grown Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon is the bellwether champion of the Margaret River region. Vasse Felix made the first cabernet sauvignon in Margaret River in 1972, and this wine has been made every year since. Comprised of cabernet sauvignon (88%) based primarily on Houghton clone material, this blend also often includes merlot, petit verdot or cabernet franc. Traditionally vinified and matured in new (40-55%) and seasoned French barriques for 16 to 18 months, it is an intensely fragrant style with blackcurrant, cedar and herb garden aromas, generous flavours and fine-grained tannins.

  • 'Classic Margaret River cabernet'

    Gourmet Traveller Wine

    Deep garnet in colour, this classic Margaret River cabernet shows exciting perfumes of blackcurrant and cranberry jam with hints of rose petal and roasted coffee. The palate is juicy and succulent with a plump core, fine, slow-building tannins and a stone-dry finish with persisting fragrance.

  • 'perfumed and harmonious'

    David Prestipino

    The wine is typified by a finer texture of tannins than the Filius, with smaller berries in the vineyard that gets more access to the seabreeze, allowing better preservation of fruit quality. healthy fruitset, better yields due to dry warm spring conditions at the end of 2015. It's perfumed and harmonious, lighter and elegant than previous vintages with chocolate, cassis notes.

  • 'One of the very finest'

    Ray Jordan

    One of the very finest that marks the next statement of Vasse Felix cabernet. Ridiculously cheap for a wine of this quality. v15

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