95 pts Wine Enthusiast Editors’ Choice
Open-knit aromas of red cur- rant, cassis and cherry mingle with more savory and characteristics like eucalyptus, seaweed, iodine, graphite, a whiff of smoke and tobacco leaf. Tannins are fine yet powerful, neatly supporting the juicy currant fruit. A line of fresh acidity is particularly lovely on this vintage. Drink now–2032.
94 pts Decanter
Clean, elegant liquorice and blackberry nose, with mint, dried herbs and lush fruit on the mid palate. It’s ripe and full, with firm but fine tannins. Blend : 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
93+ pts Wine Advocate
Vasse Felix is a savory house—it’s important to understand in order to fully understand the wines, I believe. They are driven by savory, spicy tannin (reds) and chalky, structuring extract (whites). In this cool 2019 vintage, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is aromatically detailed, with cassis, mulberry, brine, nori, sun-dried kelp, iodine and five spice. On the palate, while the wine is structured and firm, no tannin can stop the mellifluous flow of fruit through the mouth. An impressive spool of flavor through the finish tells us about the potential this wine has for graceful aging in the cellar. Drink it at any time, but cellar it with confidence for 15 years plus.
92 pts Wine Spectator
Dense and savory, with toothsome tannins and aromatic notes of Asian five-spice, dried porcini, Szechuan peppercorn and black pepper to complement the huckleberry and cassis flavors. Reveals a note of rosemary essential oil that lingers on the finish, where the tannins firm up. Drink now through 2027.
Our Cabernet parcels are grown in Wilyabrup, (the coastal, mid northern part of Margaret River) on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils to produce a wine 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 32 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. Portions of Malbec complement and enhance the Cabernet profile while elevated perfumes and alternative fermentation of Petit Verdot bring a bright nuance and long tannin profile.
An open and vibrant palate with lovely raspberry, blackcurrant, wood spice and sweet tobacco leaf, leads into a rich volume of fine terracotta tannins that are long, allowing the perfume to extend. Fine acid freshness, beautiful fruit succulence and a dark chocolate finish add to this elegant but powerful wine.