86% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Malbec
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
96/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday (2017 vintage)
"Bright crimson-purple; this has provenance written large across its visage, likewise purity. Restructuring of the Vasse Felix offers to the market has lifted, not compromised, this dark, fruit-filled cabernet." Drink by 2032
93/100 The Wine Front, Gary Walsh (2017 vintage)
"In some respects, I prefer Filius to its more expensive brother when it comes to Cabernet. Fine boned, savoury, refreshing, dark fruit, spice, violet and dried herb perfume. Tannin is dense, acidity settled, and the finish is satisfying. It’s refreshing and sophisticated. Value!"
93/100 The Real Review, Nick Butler (2017 vintage)
"Bright purple/red colour with translucent edges. A lovely, complex nose: cedar and dried herbs, red and blue berries. Classic. Finely-boned and quietly confident, great work at the blending table. Exceptional value 03 JAN 2020."
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