80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
As the moderate climate of Margaret River is becoming Australia’s centre of premium winemaking, Vasse Felix are leading the pack in recognition and can, in fact, lay claim to having been there first. It was the founder Dr Thomas Cullity whose planting experiments were confirmed when in 1966 experts identified Margaret River as a near homoclime (same climate as) Bordeaux. Luckily those commissioning the studies, and the local newspaper that published the details, had no idea how significant they were, and in 1967 Cullity had little competition in finding the best site - which he cleverly did in redgum country with red gravel above and clay lying below. Here at Margaret River’s first vineyard, Vasse Felix, he planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Riesling. The latter variety was to be the label’s first success (in 1972), showing the white wine promise of the cooler Margaret River, which is now as famous for Chardonnay as it is for Cabernet Sauvignon. Regarding Cabernet itself - which is the winery’s flagship - the acknowledged experts at Vasse Felix have a distinctive take on this variety, revealing the elegant and aromatic nature of the grape so that that at times it seems to compare as much to Burgundy as it does to Bordeaux. With an established reputation but also the strictest artisanship and organic, sustainable practices - including being on the cutting edge of industrial recycling - Vasse Felix are not only masters of their art, but stayers in the game.
What The Critics Say
99/100 The West Australian, Ray Jordan
"Wow this takes Margaret River to another level. There is a purity of fruit and a vibrancy evident
here. Power and elegance unlike anything seen before in the region. Oak and fruit with grainy
tannins in perfect harmony creating an almost satiny mouth feel. Perfumed with notes of cedar
and red berry and violet. A raw edge with graphite and seaweed complexity. The chalky tannins
define the palate, which is focused and sustained." Drink 2019 - 2040
98/100 JamesSuckling.com, Nick Stock
"This is a single-vineyard wine at the pinnacle of the endeavors of Vasse Felix. Opens with red fruits
in the redcurrant and red-cherry zone, showcasing fresh red and purple flowers and some deeper
blue-fruit notes. The palate's the thing though: The way in which the malbec entwines itself around
cabernet's linear tannins and enriches the wine without fundamentally changing its shape is
genius. Supple, fresh and commanding Margaret River red. A very insightful blend of
predominantly cabernet sauvignon with 16% malbec and 4% petit verdot. Best from 2022. Screw
cap." Drink 2022+
96/100 Huon Hooke
"Huon Hooke Medium to deep red/purple colour, not that dark. The bouquet is beautifully complex
and detailed, with tobacco, leafy, blueberry, violets and dusty foresty overtones. The fruit flavours
are bright and intense, poised and very elegant. Blueberry and violets in abundance. Fine-grained
tannins, fine structure. A lovely wine. (16% malbec, 4% petit verdot)." Drink 2019 - 2042
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