This wine expresses the distinct regional profile of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and the site characters it takes from the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on Wilyabrup. It was the first
red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Cabernet is a robust variety ideally suited to Margaret River’s climate and deep, well drained soils.
APPEARANCE Dark red with a ruby hue.
NOSE Subtle but incredibly complex fragrance with blueberry, a hint of blackcurrant fruit, floral violet notes and a subtle twiggy, Australian bush quality. Light antique and mocha oak nuances
complement the dark fruit.
PALATE Succulent yet fine with raspberry pip flavour and a hint of blackcurrant, leading to an abundance of fine grained tannin which stretch long and relaxed. A berry coulis tang with floral and earthy lines run through the length of the palate before a dry fragrant finish of exceptional poise and persistence.
Cabernet parcels grown in the coastal, northern reaches of Margaret River on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils produce wines of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful,
often tiny, vineyard sections are individually fermented using indigenous yeasts, with many experiencing maceration periods of up to 30 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site. Malbec complements and enhances the Cabernet profile.
Good finishing winter rains with moderate spring conditions resulted in excellent canopy health. The summer ripening period was warm and dry with some above average heat in late January
prompting an early start to harvest. The weather tempered in early February and the fruit ripening slowed to a more typical pattern resulting in a long and steady vintage. Continuous fine
weather remained through to mid-April when harvest was completed for reds.
Varietal : 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot,
Brand name : 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon,
Liquor style : Red wine,
Size : 750ml,
Current vintage : 2012,
Standard drinks : 7.7,
Country : Australia,
Alcohol volume : 14.5%,
Region : Margaret River wineries,
State : Western Australia,
Varieties : 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot,
Harvested : February 2012,
Oak : 100% French, 18 months. 50% new, 50% 1-3 year old,
TA : 6.7 g/L,
pH : 3.40,
Residual sugar : 0.67 g/L,
Alcohol : 14.5%,
Bottled : December 2013,
Cellaring : Drinks beautifully now, will reward cellaring over the next 8-10 years.,
The West Australian Wine Guide 2015
Another cracking good cabernet from Vasse Felix. A slightly fleshier expression than the magnificent 2011. Loaded with ripe blackcurrant fruit with a subtle mineral and gravelly savoury character. The palate is so seamless and perfectly integrated with ripe firm tannins and excellent oak creating support. An elegant and regal wine. This continues an oustanding recent run of vintages that now places this cabernet among the best in the region...and certainly the best value.
Bright, clear crimson-purple; the bouquet sets the scene with its pristine display of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, with the barest hint of cedar, the silky medium-bodied palate unhurriedly imposing itself on the way through to the lingering finish. Classic restraint.
The first wild-fermented vintage makes this beast of a wine even more complex, with sustained layers of dark berries and robust tannins poised on the palate. Distinctly regional, the elegant fruit complements pronounced earthy characters. Spent 18 months in 100% oak, with 13% malbec giving it some real back-end grunt.