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2017 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

'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.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Ruby garnet with a purple hue. NOSE A deep perfume with blackcurrant, blueberry and coffee mocha complexities. Notes of dusty earth and woody perennial herbs mingle with hints of nori, dried forest leaves and wild mushrooms to create an inviting aroma. PALATE A light fragrant entrance with blackcurrant, raspberry and pot pourri builds to earthy complexities and fine dry dusty tannins which serve to frame the fruit. A comfortable, soft, juicy body and tannin profile finishes the wine fresh and long.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES A remarkably ripe and soft wine in such a cool vintage. The individual batches were destemmed and fermented as whole berries using only wild yeast residing on the fruit. Cabernet parcels underwent a suitable duration of maceration to extract a fine backbone of structural tannins and blackcurrant laden fruit. Malbec and Petit Verdot were pressed off skins earlier to maintain a soft and luscious mouth feel. The resulting wines were matured in fine French oak for 12 months prior to blending. Limited racking was used to help preserve the delicate wild characters captured in this low intervention approach.
Production Notes
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2024
Harvest Date
Late March - Early May 2017
French Oak Barrique, 10% new, 90% 1-5 year old, 12 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
November 2018
Vintage Notes

2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. There was a warm start to March to finish the white harvest, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.

2017 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 96 points - Halliday's Top 100 (Special Value Rating)

    James Halliday

    Top 20 Reds Under 30: "Bright crimson-purple, this has provenance written large across its visage, likewise purity. Restructuring of the Vasse Felix offers to the market has lifted, not compromised, this dark, fruit-filled Cabernet."

  • 91 points

    West Australian Wine Guide 2020 - Ray Jordan

    Another cracking cabernet under this label which has emerged as one of the best-value quality Margaret River cabernets. Not as opulent as 2016, but with generous and focused fruit expression. Has a more dried-herbs and savoury element with a thread of graniy, sinewy tannin and dusty oak.

  • 9.4/10

    The Daily Examiner - Max Crus

    This is entry level Vasse fare but clearly a cut above a lot of other entries in that category and a good lure to the top end of the portfolio.

  • 94 points

    Tyson Stelzer - WBM

    With a dash of Malbec and Petit Verdot, this is a wonderfully fragrant, varietal and alluring Margaret River Cabernet. The pop and cruch of blackcurrant fruit is something to behold, expertly set against a backdrop of fine-grained tannins. Its ever so much more sophisticated than you'd expect for an entry cuvee, and one of the finest releases in this tier from Vasse Felix yet.

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