Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
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“A premier Cabernet Sauvignon that delivers elegance, generosity and ageability – A real beauty by Vasse Felix that delivers all the hallmarks of a fine Margaret River red.”
ORIGIN: Margaret River, WA (Australia)
TYPE: Cabernet Sauvignon blend (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot)
ANALYSIS: 14.5% Alc/Vol
PRODUCT: Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
As the Premier Cabernet Sauvignon of Vasse Felix, this wine’s distinctive style possesses all the hallmarks of the finest Margaret River Cabernet; elegance, generosity and ageability. Made every year since 1972, it is Margaret River’s archetypal Cabernet Sauvignon.
2020 was a stunning vintage that will define ‘rare and fine’ with low yields and fantastic quality. Spring development was early, followed by a warm start to summer which continued into fine, sunny and dry conditions throughout the season. Combined with low yields, this brought an early start to harvest. No early bird pressure with timely Marri Blossom and no disease pressure were ideal. The birds arrived after a rainfall event late February and we netted the reds, the conditions also cooled slightly extending the season for ideal tannin ripening and fruit flavour preservation.
Cabernet parcels grown in Wilyabrup, (the coastal, mid northern part of Margaret River) on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils produce a wine of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful, often tiny, vineyard sections were 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 remains a valuable component as it always has with our Cabernet Sauvignon. A hint of Petit Verdot brings a bright nuance and an extended long tannin profile with Merlot, our fond friend in Wilyabrup that occasionally makes the grade.
Colour – Deep ruby with a purple tinge.
Aroma – Immediately enticing bright forest fruits with deep blackberry. Hints of fresh baked bread crust, tomato and herb focaccia, earthy black truffle, iodine, ocean spray and granite stone that opens up to some cranberry and rose petal.
Palate – Juicy, intense, and luscious on entry with fast building super fine and powdery tannin. It is soft yet solid, elegantly taut, and super-luscious with concentrated fresh raspberry, vanilla pod and savoury nutmeg on the finish.
Cellaring – Cellar for 20+ years for savory and elegantly aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food Match –
- Braised Beef Short Ribs with hearty Mash.
- Homemade Italian Meatballs.
- Roasted Duck with golden crispy Potatoes.
- Wild Mushroom Risotto with lashings of Parmesan from your favourite deli.