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2020 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

A new-age Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with Malbec), expressing all the regional hallmarks. It is a bright, fruit-forward, earlier-drinking style with attractive savoury nuances from Vasse Felix’s quality-led, minimal intervention winemaking approach.

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Light garnet. NOSE Ripe blackberry and fresh blackcurrant jam while still showing some bright red currant, strawberry and goji fruit. Wild Peppermint tree blossom with floral pot pourri notes, mixed with savoury shitake soup and Wakame seaweed. PALATE Incredibly soft, juicy and approachable with intense dark fruit flavour. Silken berry puree with fresh fruit acid and a soft powdery dry tannin finish with lingering blackberry flavours.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The individual batches were destemmed and sent as whole berries to stainless steel rotating fermenters. 100% wild yeast was allowed to ferment all our red batches. After a few days in a gentle soak, fermentation kicks off, with batches pressed once fermentation is complete. Open top and use of aeration during fermentation helps to promote a clean fruit perfume, soften the tannins and bring so much life to the wine. The resulting wines were matured in fine French oak for 15 months prior to blending, with limited racking to help preserve the delicate wild characters captured in this low intervention approach
Varietals:
Production Notes
89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
14.5
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Fresh on release, 10 years to reveal beautiful aged complexities
Harvested:
Harvest Date
11-27 March 2020
Oak:
Fermentation
100% 1-5 year old Barriques 15 months average
TA:
Acid
6.1g/L
pH:
pH
3.57
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.43g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
November 2021
Vintage Notes
2020

2020 was a stunning vintage that will define ‘rare and fine’ as there were low yields with fantastic quality. Spring development was early followed by a warm start to summer then continuing into fine sunny dry conditions throughout the summer months, and with low yields, brought an early start to harvest. No early bird pressure with timely Marri Blossom and no disease pressure were ideal. The birds arrived after a rainfall event late February and we netted the reds, the conditions also cooled slightly extending the season for ideal tannin ripening and fruit flavour preservation.

2020 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
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Reviews
  • 95 Points

    James Halliday - Top 100 Wines 2021

    It all hangs together perfectly, from its light crimson hue to its ultra-fragrant bouquet and juicy red and black currant palate. Even better is the structure revealed on the finish and aftertaste: tannins wrought with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker. (v19)

  • 94 points

    Fine Wine Club - Barry Weinmann

    This is a beautiful wine, with balance, poise and elegance that belies its entry-level status in the Cabernet range. Supple, near seamless and very long, the fine berry fruit builds, supported by subtle, savoury oak. The tannins add gravitas, without diminishing the fruit. Superb drinking now, or in 5-10 years.

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