Almost all Margaret River Cabernet usually comes at a premium so it’s refreshing when one of the big names of the region can put out such a quality product that truly is a value play. We are offering this praise worthy Margaret River Cabernet for $23.99 a bottle, not much is available on this first tranche release so as always first come first served.
93 pts Wine Spectator – Top 10 Wine Values of 2023 – #2
Stunning and complex, this stylish, concentrated red offers pure raspberry puree and black cherry flavors that show details of earthy dried porcini mushroom, along with notes of toasted herbs, sandalwood and espresso bean. The long finish reveals firming tannins, but they remain polished and effortless.
Margaret River Cabernets are remarkable for their combination of elegant structure and juicy fruit flavors, with the best among them demonstrating a particular finesse. Vasse Felix is a pioneer in the region, commanding more than 50 years of winemaking—and, under the leadership of chief winemaker Virginia Willcock, the wines have never been better. The Filius line of Vasse Felix wines is meant to be approachable while young. For this bottling, Margaret River Cabernet is blended with Malbec from estate vineyards. Willcock employs wild-yeast fermentaion in open-top fermenters, resulting in expressive aromatics and soft tannins, followed by 11 months of aging in French oak barrels before blending. When Willcock first started experimenting with indigenous fermentation, what she found was “mind-blowing,” with the wines showing more heart, soul and earth than ever before. “We’re finding that the wines are more naturally sound,” she says. “There is more vibrancy to the fruit.”
A new-age Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with Malbec), expressing all the regional hallmarks. It is a bright, fruit-forward, earlier-drinking style with attractive savory nuances from Vasse Felix’s quality-led, minimal intervention winemaking approach.
Lovely blood plum and mulberry fragrance, with graphite, some charred nori, roast pan drippings, spicy charcuterie, and a hit of Hickory sauce.
A light to medium bodied Cabernet. It has a lovely fresh acidity and fine, crisp and sinewy tannins and a soft, elegant core. Unveils flavours of blood plum and berry compote with lovely dusty earthiness and hint of nutmeg.
The individual batches were destemmed and sent as whole berries to stainless steel rotating fermenters. 100% wild yeast was allowed to ferment all our red batches. After a few days in a gentle soak, fermentation kicks off, with batches pressed once fermentation is complete. Open top and use of aeration during fermentation helps to promote a clean fruit perfume, soften the tannins and bring so much life to the wine. The resulting wines were matured in fine French oak for 11 months prior to blending, with limited racking to help preserve the delicate wild
characters captured in this low intervention approach.
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Malbec, 1.5% Petit Verdot.