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2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

The Premier Cabernet Sauvignon of Vasse Felix. This wine’s distinctive style possesses all the hallmarks of the finest Margaret River Cabernet; elegance, generosity and ageability. Made every year since 1972, it is Margaret River’s archetypal Cabernet Sauvignon. 


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright and deep ruby. NOSE A loaded and dense perfume of cassis, licorice and strawberry sorbet is deepened by ocean scents of dried shells and crayfish bisque. Ironstone rock brings earthy notes which give way to dried rose petal and vanilla butter intrigue. PALATE So intense, tight, lengthy and exciting. A fresh and succulent entry pulls inward with firm, linear tannins driving the flavours long. Fresh raspberry, wood spice, vanilla and peanut complexities linger.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER COMMENTS Our Cabernet parcels are grown in Wilyabrup, (the coastal, mid northern part of Margaret River) on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils to produce a wine 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 40 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. A higher portion of Petit Verdot (compared to previous vintages) brings a bright nuance and extended tannin profile in this well performing year. While a small portion of Malbec complements and enhances the Cabernet profile.
Production Notes
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
12 years (fresh) 12+ years for savoury, elegant aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
Harvest Date
March - April 2018
French Oak Barrique 44% new, 56% 1-4 year old, 18 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2020
Vintage Notes

Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weather before a run of below average temperatures in January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong daily sea breezes preserving vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for  the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural malolactic ferment in our Chardonnays. Meanwhile, the reds ripened slowly and gently through a dry Autumn ensuring fully developed tannins and a slightly riper and fleshier fruit profile than 2017.

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  • 96 points

    The West Australian - Ray Jordan

    Oh, my. What a stunning wine, made more stunning when you can get it for less than $50. Deep and concentrated power delivered with integrated elegance and poise. This is classically structured cabernet, displaying all the power and purpose you get from this variety in a great year from Margaret River. Chalky tannins, powerhouse middle core with a great lingering finish. Deep, leafy, oyster shell, cabernet minerality. You simply must get some of this. (Best Drinking: Now to 2035)

  • 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.

  • 93 Points

    The Winepilot - Angus Hughson

    The 2018 vintage has produced beautiful wines all over Margaret River – wines that are full of generous fruit and hard to put down. This is no exception but still carries with it the distinct more elegant hallmarks of Vasse Felix. Mid to deep colour, this screams out cabernet sauvignon from start to finish thanks to its bright blackcurrant fruits and a good dusting of dried herbs with coffee grounds oak in support. The power of 2018 is on full display with rich, ripe fruit which is bought into sharp focus by chalky tannins and quite juicy acidity which drives a sinewy finish. This wine will get plenty of hearts racing now and over the next decade or so.