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2018 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

'Son of' the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. It carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, succulent style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright deep maroon with a purple tint. NOSE Blackcurrant and dark cherry perfumes are complemented by savoury notes of miso, mushroom, dried oregano and forest twigs. Underlying hints of custard and charry, spicy oak round out the lovely aroma. PALATE Tangy, bright black cherry fruit arrives on a pure, polished stone texture. This builds to a powdery, long, dry finish with lingering black forest cake flavours.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The individual batches were destemmed and sent as whole berries using only wild yeast residing on the fruit. Cabernet parcels were left on skins for 8-20 days to extract a fine backbone of tannins and blackcurrant laden fruit. Open top and use of aeration during fermentation helped to 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
85.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.8% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot, 1.2% Merlot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2025
Harvest Date
March - April 2018
French Oak Barrique, 10% new, 90% 1-5 year old, 12 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
October 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.

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  • 94 points + Special Value Rating

    2022 Halliday Wine Companion - Erin Larkin

    Should we talk about 2018 again ...? It was clearly the greatest cabernet vintage in Margaret River’s history, a fact never more obvious than when on show in the region’s entry-level wines. This is the youngest brother in the family of cabernets at Vasse and has built a loyal following for its supple deliciousness and accessibility (both in price and quality). So: wild raspberry, red licorice, pomegranate, kelp, iodine, crushed pepper, spicy oak and the all important saline acid. The vintage has contributed a fruit power that gives the wine great length of flavour.

  • 93 Points

    Ray Jordan Top 100 Reds

    Remarkable that a wine of this quality can be turned out at this price. Black olive and blackcurrant fruit, presented with controlled elegance.

  • 91 Points

    Natalie Maclean

    Vibrant with ripe dark fruit, dark cherry, vanilla, mineral and toasty, spicy flavours on the palate.

  • 92 Points

    Wine Pilot

    This wine is a proper cabernet sauvignon that will age well with concentrated fruits and good underlying structure. Deeply coloured it starts with vibrant leafy/cedary aromatics well supported by red and blackcurrant fruits plus old oak in the background. The palate is dry and juicy but then with a classically firm cabernet sauvignon backbone showing sinewy tannins that help to draw out a relatively long finish.

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