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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.



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.
Production Notes
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot (7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot)
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully upon release but will reward over 5-7 years
Harvest Date
March - April 2016
100% French Oak (2% new, 98% 1-5 year old) 12 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
July 2017
Vintage Notes

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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  • 92 points

    2019 Halliday Wine Companion - James Halliday

  • "..suave wine for true connoisseurs."

    Matthew Jukes

    A classic, blackcurrant leaf perfume and sleek plummy palate make this a lip-smacking, medium-weight, suave wine for true connoisseurs. Decant it and drink it with the Sausage and winter veg traybake.

  • "Great Value"

    The News - Portsmouth UK

    Vasse Felix ‘Filius’ Cabernet Merlot 2016 is a lovely introduction to their wines. It’s very fragrant with cassis, some dried herb and black olives, the palate offers earthy, savoury notes with more cassis before a very satisfying long, elegant finish. Great value on special offer and it just cries out for roast lamb.

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