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2018 Filius Cabernet Merlot

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


Tasting Notes
Colour Ruby with a purple hue. Nose Bright fruit aromas of blackcurrant and red currant are complemented by notes of dried Provençal herbs with lavender. Also features hints of smoky jamón and mushroom, with notes reminiscent of the Margaret River forest during Summer. Palate A juicy, light yet fleshy entrance with blackcurrant, red currant, a hint of olive brine and acorn flavours, builds to reveal light, fine and dry finishing tannins.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker's notes The individual batches were destemmed and sent as whole berries to stainless steel rotating fermenters. Ferment kicked off after a few days gentle soak, with the batches pressed off once complete. All batches were fermented with 100% wild yeast. Open top and use of aeration during fermentation helped promote a clean fruit perfume, soften the tannins and bring life to the wine. The resulting wines were matured in fine French oak for 12 months prior to blending, with limited racking to help preserve the delicate wild characters captured in this low intervention approach.
Production Notes
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2025
Harvest Date
March - April 2018
French Oak Barrique, 100% 1-5 year old, 12 months average
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
July 2019
Vintage Notes

Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weeks 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 to 2017.

2018 Filius Cabernet Merlot
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  • "substantial texture and structure"

    James Halliday Wine Companion 2020

    "This has substantial texture and structure, and there is a wealth of delicious red and black fruits filling all the gaps. Give it a year or two and all the components will be united." V17

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