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2014 Vasse Felix Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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Vasse Felix are one of the most reliable wineries in the country, and this excellent Cab Sauv shows us why. It's typically Cab Sauv on the nose with smells of blackcurrant, tobacco, dried herbs and classic 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: Deep maroon with a bright ruby red hue.

Nose: The nose heralds a pure, refreshing and sophisticated wine. Elevated regional fragrance of cassis, licorice, bay leaf and violets with savoury mushroom, loamy earth, dark chocolate and dry twiggy details combining to form an alluring Cabernet bouquet.

Palate: The palate is compact and concentrated in flavour but well resolved in structure with a stunning silky texture at such a young age. There is a seemingly bottomless depth of blue and purple berries, nuances of herb and licorice, cedar and light wood smoke, with a gentle mouth-coating tannin persisting.

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: Another text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in Spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent.

Cellaring Potential: Medium to long term.

Varieties: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 Vasse Felix Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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Ray Jordan (2014 Vintage) says
Cabernet, like Chardonnay, has been a particular focus for Vasse Felix. This is a special wine from a special vintage. Elegance and refinement personified. Leafy floral notes on the nose. But it is the palate that really sings. It’s relatively tight with a core of fine oak and firmish silky tannins, but there is sweet fleshy fruit held with focus that extends effortlessly to a long finish.

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