2021 Vasse Felix Margaret River Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

93 Points Wine Spectator
In stock
A great discount on this icon Aussie Cab. Vasse Felix are old hands in Margaret River. They were awarded ‘Best New World Winery of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast and they specialise in refined Cabernet, so even this entry-level red is a benchmark. From the quality climes of Western Australia, this medium-bodied Cabernet is harmonious and complete. The 2021 was Wine Spectator Magazine's #2 best value wine of 2023! A customer favourite!
$19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 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

93/100 Wine Spectator

"#2 Top value Wine of 2023. 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 fermentation 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. 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." .

93/100 Ray Jordan

“This is such a good cabernet, especially when you consider the price of $30. It seems the Filius grows in sophistication and varietal expression each year.”

91/100 James Suckling

"Plenty on offer for the price, although paradoxically not the best vintage for a value offering. The tannins, a bit bony and ungenerous. Conversely, I like the savory elements here and feel that things will gel and fill out with time. A slick of blackcurrant, green bean, sage and mint, before the shins and elbows of youth nudge the inner gums. Despite the accessible pricing, give this time."

Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Western Australia
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.00%
Maturity 2023 - 2028

This Wine Goes Well With

with BBQ
with BEEF
with PORK

Taste

4

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