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2020 Filius Cabernet Merlot

‘Son of’ the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. A modern, regional blend with the elegance and structure of classic Cabernet in a bright, earlier drinking style. Generous portions of Merlot contribute to a succulent wine with approachable tannins.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright, pale maroon. NOSE An inviting perfume of red berry custard and spring garden aromas. A hint of doughy focaccia with a herb, tomato crust mingles with notes of sea spray, mushroom congee, bay leaf and sweet cinnamon quill to round out this enticing aroma. PALATE Dangerously succulent with an impressive backbone of tannins. Lingering complexities of Japanese mushroom custard and wild berry fruit of the forest remain.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER COMMENTS The individual batches were destemmed and sent as whole berries to stainless steel rotating and static fermenters for wild fermentation. The fruit experienced a few days of gentle soak before the ferment began. 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 wine was pressed off to fine French oak for 12 months maturation prior to blending. Limited racking of the barrels helped to preserve the delicate wild characters captured in this low intervention approach.
Production Notes
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential: Harvested:
Harvest Date
March 2020
French Oak Barrique 100% 1-5 year old 12 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
August 2021
Vintage Notes

2020 was a warm vintage with low yields resulting in good quality. Spring development was early followed by a warm start to summer and continuing into fine sunny, dry conditions. This, combined with lower yields, brought an early start to harvest. Happily, we experienced minimal bird pressure due to the timely arrival of Marri Blossom and there was no disease pressure. Following the completion of white harvest, a rainfall event in late February provided a timely drink for the reds. Bird pressure increased resulting in the netting of our red varietals. The faster ripening period combined with lower yields led to incredible concentration in our red varietals, with substantial tannins and rich fruit flavour. 

2020 Filius Cabernet Merlot
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  • 92 Points

    Top 100 Reds, Wines from $25 - $40 - Ray Jordan

    As always superbly crafted by winemaker Virginia Willcock. This is a serious cab merlot with structure and poise while displaying that compelling mix of blackcurrant and graphite with leafy varietal lift.

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    The Times - Will Lyons

    Another great buy from the Vasse Felix estate, where the winemaker Virginia Willcock skilfully brings out the purity of the fruit. V19

  • 94 Points

    Ray Jordan - Top 100 Reds

    This is part of a superb range of wines that provides highly immediate release drinking with a touch of class. This is from the excellent 2020 vintage and shows the fruit intensity and concentration that was part of it. It has an elegance and poise with a refined and structured palate feature. Beautiful weight and mouth feel. You could drink a heap of this now.

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