'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.
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.
96 points - Halliday's Top 100
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."
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.
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.