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2021 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.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright ruby with a purple tinge. NOSE Really pretty raspberry fragrance, with nori notes, some charred nori, spicy charcuterie and a hit of Hickory sauce. PALATE A light to medium bodied Cabernet. It has a lovely fresh acid line, fine, crisp and sinewy tannins and a soft, elegant core. Unveils flavours of raspberry and berry compote with lovely mushroom and dusty earth, vanilla custard and nutmeg.
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 11 months prior to blending, with limited racking to help preserve the delicate wild characters captured in this low intervention approach.
Production Notes
93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Fresh on release, 10 years to reveal beautiful aged complexities
Harvest Date
6 April - 22 April 2021
French oak barrique, 100% 1-5 year old, 11 months average
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
August 2022
Vintage Notes

A year of peculiar weather where our commitment to organic viticulture was vital to the successful growth of quality, balanced fruit. A cool and wet spring prompted the need for an intense leaf plucking program to mitigate disease risk. December and January luckily were very warm and dry, then canopy management was a priority throughout February and March to combat unusually warm and moist conditions. A rainfall event in early February provided a timely drink for the red varietals, followed by warm weather which was ideal for the Chardonnay to achieve ripeness. A second rainfall incident in early March was followed by sunny and breezy conditions to dry off the fruit for healthy ripening. With our judicious canopy management and a crop of naturally resilient grapes, we are pleased to say that fantastic quality fruit was ripened and harvested.

2021 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 93 Points

    Winepilot - Ray Jordan

    This is such a good cabernet, especially when you consider the price of $30. It seems the Filius rows in sophistication and varietal expression each year. This was a cool year of course, but the fully ripe fruit delivers and then some. Has a little bit of malbec which is an important consideration for the wine, adding just that little fruit brightness and mid palate plumpness without compromising the controlled linear structure. A little graphite and oyster shell minerality completes a terrific value wine. V21

  • 93 Points

    Wine Spectator

    Stunning and complex, this stylish, concentrated red offers pure raspberry puree and black cherry flavors that show details of earthy dried porcini mushroom, along with notes of toasted herbs, sandalwoodand espresso bean. The long finish reveals firming tannins, but they remain polished and effortless. V21

  • 89 Points

    Halliday Wine Companion - Jane Faulkner

    A tight, leaner style off this vintage. It feels a little jangly with the acidity showing a brashness of youth and more time needed for it to behave. Cedary oak popping through the more savoury tones and tannins firm on the finish. Come back to this in a year or two. If you can, buy up the 2020 cabernet. It is a stunner.

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