2017 Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon
"Generous, sweet fruit balanced by cellaring worthy acidity. Great M/River Cabernet for the price."
"Juicy, generous and balanced"
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Vasse Felix have done it again.
Here we have yet another cedary, bay leaf and blackcurrant laden red that is just packed with character. And tannins! Oh yes, those tannins!
Made for the cellar, it's Cabernet Sauvignon in a true Margaret River style - cool, sophisticated, long and savoury.
You only have to see the long list of accolades for previous vintages to witness the quality here. High class wine from a high class winery.
'Filius is the "second label" for Vasse Felix, but there are plenty of winemakers who would be happy to have this as their "first" wine.'
Gourmet Traveller Wine
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.
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!
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
Firm, showing off the region's signature fresh herbal notes, which give this aromatic lift and linger on the finish. Bay leaf, rosemary and cedar details are effortlessly infused into the cassis and plum flavors. A hint of black tea adds to the complexity, as does the seamlessness of the velvety tannins. Drink now through 2035. 18,000 cases made, 900 cases imported.
A briary and leafy nose with mulberry and redcurrant aromas, as well as fresh leaves, roasting herbs and dried flowers. The palate has a supple, succulent feel with plenty of tannin framing the red-toned fruit. Drink over the next six years. Screw cap.
How's it taste?
Ruby garnet with a purple hue. A deep perfume with blackcurrant, blueberry and coffee mocha complexities. Notes of dusty earth and woody perennial herbs mingle with hints of nori, dried forest leaves and wild mushrooms to create an inviting aroma. A light fragrant entrance with blackcurrant, raspberry and pot pourri builds to earthy complexities and fine dry dusty tannins which serve to frame the fruit. A comfortable, soft, juicy body and tannin profile finishes the wine fresh and long.
How was it made?
A remarkably ripe and soft wine in such a cool vintage. The individual batches were destemmed and fermented as whole berries using only wild yeast residing on the fruit. Cabernet parcels underwent a suitable duration of maceration to extract a fine backbone of structural tannins and blackcurrant laden fruit. Malbec and Petit Verdot were pressed off skins earlier to maintain a soft and luscious mouth feel. The resulting wines were matured in fine French oak for 12 months prior to blending. Limited racking was used to help preserve the delicate wild characters captured in this low intervention approach.
2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. There was a warm start to March, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.
Harvested from late March to early May 2017 and bottled in November 2018.
Varietals - 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot
Who made it?
Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. Established in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, it is situated in the Willyabrup sub region where ancient soils and cooling Southern and Indian Ocean breezes provide ideal conditions for fine wine production. Vasse Felix is owned and operated by the Holmes a Court family. The Vasse Felix winemaking team shares a common goal in crafting wines of exceptional quality from unique vineyard sites. Under the direction of Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock, the objective remains the same today as it did 40 years ago. A precise understanding of local viticulture and environment is coupled with a hands on winemaking approach. The Vasse Felix style shows concentration and complexity while retaining signature elegance and finesse. It is a testament to winemaking and viticultural dedication and attention to detail throughout the year. The revered Vasse Felix Heytesbury wines are produced in limited quantities from a barrel selection of the finest fruit parcels each vintage. Vasse Felix continues to be one of the most highly awarded and visited wineries in Australia.
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