From our founder's first plantings in 1967, the original Malbec vines have formed an integral part of the signature Vasse Felix Cabernet blend since the first vintage in 1972. Today, these vines remain a key component of our Icon Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec. This small-batch wine draws on cuttings from the original vines in the Home Vineyard and a small plot in our most northern Margaret River vineyard. Made with whole bunch carbonic maceration, wild fermentation, unfined and unfiltered, we've bottled off only a few cases of this intriguing wine under the Black Label range.
A cool, high-humidity start to vintage meant we benefited greatly from precise canopy management to mitigate disease pressure and optimise sun exposure for the fruit. The success of this program enabled us to harvest ripe, clean fruit with slightly lower alcohol and great natural acidity. Mild conditions allowed for extended ripening, creating beautiful aromatics and fine ripe tannins in our reds. Marri Blossom was non-existent throughout the region in 2019, resulting in the largest netting program ever seen at Vasse Felix to protect the fruit from bird damage. Overall, a labour-intensive vintage that resulted in beautiful quality fruit.
This has such showy and attractive, whole-berry aromas with such vivid, purple-flower fragrance. Sliced strawberries and cherries, too. The palate is super fresh and very detailed with a sleek, fine-tannined edge and such attractively fresh raspberry, red-plum and blackberry flavors. Delicious, modern style. Drink in the next five years. Screw cap.