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2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Packs

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Vasse Felix are one of the most reliable wineries in the country, and this excellent Cab Sauv shows why. It's typically Cab Sauv on the nose with its smells of blackcurrants, tobacco, dried herbs and Margaret River choc-mint, whilst the palate is more medium-bodied with plush black and red berry flavours, fine taut tannins, poised acidity, and a dry, fruity, slightly toasty finish. It will benefit from a couple of years in the cellar, but with plenty of air it will be good to go now with rare roast beef.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine expresses the distinct regional profile of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and the site characters it takes from the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on Wilyabrup. It was the first red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Cabernet is a robust variety ideally suited to Margaret River's climate and deep, well drained soils.

Appearance: Medium deep ruby red.

Nose: Restrained but deep, complex perfumes of blue-black small berry fruit, floral potpourri, river stone, orange pith, dry jarrah twigs and hints of venison, dried mushroom and choc-mocha.

Palate: A smooth plush entry leads into juicy mouth-watering acidity and following is a blanket of fine powdery cuddly tannin, drying but not overpowering. Flavours reminiscent of blackcurrant, nori and toasty cedar remain. A ripe, soft tannin vintage with savoury expression.

Winemaker comments: Cabernet parcels grown in the coastal, northern reaches of Margaret River on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils produce wines of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful, often tiny, vineyard sections are individually fermented using indigenous yeasts, with many experiencing maceration periods of up to 30 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. Malbec complements and enhances the Cabernet profile.

Vintage description: Moderate spring temperatures accompanied by low solar radiation and cool soil conditions contributed to slower vine growth and increased disease pressure. Thankfully, a consistently warm and dry summer ensured clean canopies and another early start to the white harvest. Rapidly cooling weather in March allowed extended ripening time for the reds and more traditional harvest timing through late March into April.

Varieties: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot and Merlot.

Cellaring: Drinks beautifully now, will reward over 10+ years.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 6 Packs

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Interesting, very interesting. The colour, the freshness of the aromas and flavours, the finely sculpted tannins and the overall harmony suggest 13.5% alcohol, not 14.5%. All this conjecture is, of course, irrelevant: it is the outcome that matters - here a distillation of elegance.
Drink by 2028
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
One of the great ‘go to’ Cabernets out of Margaret River. This release is bang on. It’s curranty, it’s tannic, it’s varietal, it’s soft, it’s satisfying. You can ask for little more. There’s little point defining the ins and out; it’s a ‘buy’, if you’re in the market for such things.
2016 - 2030
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
Deep red/purple colour, bold bright and youthful. Spicy blackberries to sniff, with a trace of meaty charcuterie and stylish oak. The wine is full-bodied and intense, with good concentration and power, augmented by generous tannins, which are firm and lingering. An excellent young Cabernet with tremendous potential for ageing.
2018 - 2033

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