2019 Vasse Felix Premier Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

95 Points Andrew Caillard MW
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Great special on this modern classic from Vasse Felix! These Cabernet Specialist were recently awarded Wine Enthusiast 'New World Winery of the Year'. This superb Cabernet is elegant with silky red/dark fruits that do the talking (with no shouting), while earthy nuances from the Wilyabrup terroir play through toasty oak spices. Drink now or cellar for ages, this is harmony in a glass and the best of Western Australian sophistication. Don't miss this discount price!
$45.99 in mixed 6+ or $50.99 per bottle

Grape

Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon

Its Origins

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

95/100 Andrew Caillard MW

"Medium-deep crimson. Classical cassis, dark chocolate, roasted chestnut aromas. Inky-textured wine with beautiful blackcurrant, mocha, cedar flavours and fine grainy/ al dente tannins. Finishes firm and minerally. Medium-powered wine with very good fruit complexity, vigour and structure."

95/100 Wine Enthusiast, Cristina Pickard

"Open-knit aromas of red currant, 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. Editors’ Choice."

93+/100 RobertParker.com, Erin Larkin

"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 2019Cabernet 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 pool 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." Drink 2022 - 2037

Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Western Australia
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.50%
Maturity 2022 - 2037

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

3

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