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Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot

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Western Australia was blessed with yet another good vintage and this juicy style of cab merlot, with cheeky splashes of malbec and petit verdot in the mix, is just what the doctor ordered with that steak and kidney pie you are cooking tonight. Lots of blackcurrants, choc-mint, florals and earthy spices decorate the nose, whilst the palate is fuller-bodied and quite lush, with a fine line of tannins, a chocolate and savoury flavours, and a tight, lingering length. Best to give this puppy a decant for about an hour before knocking a glass back.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Maroon with a red brick hue.

Nose: A tightly woven, complex and elegant nose with prominent notes of red berries, and blackcurrant intertwined with hints of licorice, dried leaf, tomato bush, cedar and smoky oak spice.

Palate: Arrives savoury, yet fruit filled, with succulent and luscious blackcurrant and red berry and bright acidity. It builds with wonderful stony, but sinewy, fine tannins and finishes with intriguing earth notes of native dried twigs.

Cellaring: Drinking beautifully now although may be cellared for 3 to 5 years.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Grape Variety: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot.

expert reviews about

Vasse Felix Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
90
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Deeply flavoured, elegant and restrained, this charming, elegant blend has an intense bouquet of blue flowers, cassis, raspberries, dark cherries and polished cedar/ vanilla oak with dusty, faintly herbal undertones. Smooth and supple, its long, measured and evenly paced impression of fruit is supported by firm but fine, loose-knit tannins, building towards a crescendo of blueberry and dark plum flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
92
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
Another beautiful example of this classic Margaret River blended red wine. Perfumed scented aromas of light cedar ad red berry with some dark notes of black currant. The palate is seamless and finely balanced. Fine tannins and fine grained oak supplement the excellent fruit from this class vintage. Tobacco leaf on the finish adds a subtle twist of complexity.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Clear crimson-purple; Heystesbury may be in another league, but this is a serious, high-quality wine, with intense blackcurrant fruit and persistent savoury tannins running through the palate providing texture and structure for medium-to long-term cellaring.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
93
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Has the indelible stamp of leafy Margaret River all over this. Aroma shows some delightful floral leafy with black current and trace of black olive and fruit cake currants. The palate is still quite firm with generosity and structure rolled together with a deft touch of French oak. excellent medium term cellaring wine from a very good vintage
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012
94
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
The sheer purity and varietal and regional precision of 2009 has filtered right down the hierarchy, lifting this wine to a place of tremendous line, length and superfine structure.
Wine100 2011
92
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A regular leader in both quality and value, this 2009 follows the same drinkable and balanced shape of the previous release. Aromas of bright purple cherry, mulberries, plums, blackcurrant and lightly spiced oak all sit well on the nose, with light, leafy complexity. The palate has plenty of flavour, with a curvy, fine tannin shape that means it's a ready-to-Drink prospect.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Gently leafy with a lovely dollop of cassis and cedar on the bouquet; the palate delivers a plush medium-bodied mouthful of flavour, with ripe tannins and generous levels of fruit to conclude; complex with a friendly hand.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Polished and approachable. Plenty of dark berries and herb complexity. Supple and balanced with ripe dark-berry flavour and sturdy tannins. Impressive value.
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Horal, fragrant touches of leaf, mint, cassis and cherry follow through from the bouquet to the medium-bodied palate; light, but persistent, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied with plenty of structure and texture; predominantly black fruits with gently savoury, fine tannins giving length.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Savoury/earthy/cedary/spicy overtones to a mix of red and black fruits; medium-bodied; not forced.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
89
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Substantial, medium to full-bodied, with typical touches of Margaret River gravel and savoury notes around a core of blackcurrant fruit; good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90

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