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2016 Filius Cabernet Merlot

‘Son of’ the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. This regional blend incorporates more opulent fruit from each of the Vasse Felix Vineyards. Generous portions of Merlot contribute to a succulent wine with approachable tannins.

 

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Tasting Notes
Colour Vibrant cherry red hue. Nose Displays a delicate fruit lift, with savoury scented vine leaf, a hint of black olives, liquorice and an underlying loamy earth character. Palate A very bright and pretty wine on the palate, delivering currant and cherry flavours, while maintaining a perky juiciness that makes for easy drinking and pairs with a range of food. The Cabernet tannins are ever present yet super fine, and supportive of the softer Merlot and Malbec which fill the centre.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker's notes The individual batches were sent to stainless steel fermentation vessels. Cabernet parcels underwent a suitable duration of maceration so as extract a fine backbone of structural tannins and blackcurrant laden fruit. The Merlot parcels underwent cold pre-fermentation maceration and were pressed off skins early to maintain a soft luscious mouth feel. The resulting wine was matured in fine French oak for 12 months, with incorporation of traditional oxidative handling, to soften and round the tannin profile and add further aroma and flavour complexity.
Varietals:
Production Notes
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot (7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot)
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
13.5
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Drinks beautifully upon release but will reward over 5-7 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
March - April 2016
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French Oak (2% new, 98% 1-5 year old) 12 months
TA:
Acid
6.3g/L
pH:
pH
3.56
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.36
Bottled:
Bottling Date
July 2017
Vintage Notes
2016

Vintage Description

Moderate 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.

2016 Filius Cabernet Merlot
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Reviews
  • 94 points - 2015 vintage

    Halliday Wine Companion

    It has all the hallmarks of the warmer part of Margaret River, flavour building relatively early and sustained throughout the length of he palate. Juicy cassis in the cornerstone, but there are notes of dried herbs, blac olive and oak adding complexity and legnth. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 94. Drink to 2029.

  • Delicious, elegant, fragrant - 2014 vintage

    Matching Food and Wine (UK)

    One of my favourite mainstream Aussie producers. My notes read 'Delicious, elegant, fragrant, velvety - why drink Bordeaux?' Why indeed at this price? Pair with roast lamb.

  • Balanced - 2014 vintage

    The Canberra Times

    This blend balances the concentration and structure of dark black fruits with cedary French oak and fine tannins. Rustic, earthy notes entwine with aromatics of pomegranate and cranberry. The bright palate structure shows wonderful herbal notes of sage and oregano, a great match for the tarragon in the salsa.

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