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2016 Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

'Mighty good cabernet... This has slightly more palate grunt than previous wines, but still with that distinctive angular style. Plenty of leafy black fruits with an edge of savoury black olive. So bright and with so much energy on the palate.'
94 Points - Ray Jordan

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DESCRIPTION
  • 'Son of' the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. It carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, more forward style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    The great structural elements of fine Margaret River Cabernet are embraced with the dark fruit of Malbec to make a very Vasse Felix style. After 12 months maturation in barrique where traditional oxidative handling helps to soften and round the tannin profile, the Cabernet is blended with the ideal percentage of Malbec to create a savoury fine wine with medium weight, where big is not considered best.

    Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk.

    Varietals - 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Malbec
    Alcohol - 13.5%


    TASTING NOTES

    Bright maroon with a red brick edge. Deep, savoury Cabernet characters of blackcurrant, dark cherry, damp earth and cedar mingle with a spicy complexity care of the vibrant Malbec portion. Luscious and juicy upfront, the dark berry fruit is complemented by savoury elements of beef stock and dried woody herbs. There is a wonderful length of flavour as the palate transitions to a fine, textural and dusty drying finish in classical Cabernet style.

  • REVIEWS


    'Mighty good cabernet to be the third tier of Vasse's cabernet-dominant brigade. This has slightly more palate grunt than previous wines, but still with that distinctive angular style. Plenty of leafy black fruits with an edge of savoury black olive. So bright and with so much energy on the palate. Cellar 8 years.'
    94 Points - Ray Jordan

    'Medium to full-bodied, underpinned by firmish bony tannins, its vibrant mouthfilling red and black berry fruit knits with cedary oak and fresh acids.'

    Jeremy Oliver