2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia SKU #1295291


JH 95 JS 93 WE 93
VN 92 RP 90
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K&L Notes

94 points Wine Front: "One of the great ‘go to’ Cabernets out of Margaret River. This release is bang on. It’s curranty, it’s tannic, it’s varietal, it’s soft, it’s satisfying. You can ask for little more. There’s no point defining the ins and out; it’s a 'buy,' if you’re in the market for such things." Winemaker's Notes: "92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. 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. The wine is medium deep ruby red. The nose is restrained but deep; complex perfumes of blue-black small berry fruit, floral potpourri, river stone, orange pith, dry jarrah twigs and hints of venison, dried mushroom and choc mocha. On the palate the wine has a smooth plush entry leading into juicy mouth-watering acidity and following is a blanket of fine powdery cuddly tannin, drying but not overpowering. Flavours reminiscent of blackcurrant, nori and toasty cedar remain. A ripe, soft tannin vintage with savoury expression."

Staff Reviews

  • Brian Fogarty
    By: Brian Fogarty
    K&L Staff Member
    A well proportioned, serious wine from the far western edge of Australia, Vasse Felix's Premier Cab has been hand crafted to reflect their unique terroir for more than 35 years. On the nose you notice the harmony first; a balance in the sum of the parts that make up the bouquet. As you did deeper you find gentle blackberry and cassis fruit paired perfectly with herbs like mint, bay leaf and a loose pipe tobacco. On the palate a solid structure takes shape with ripe tannins holding a brambly blackberry pie that has a dried citrus twist and wafts of a tobacco and tea. Clearly 35 years of experience has allowed them to dial in a precision Margret River should be proud of.
  • John Downing
    By: John Downing
    K&L Staff Member
    Vasse Felix has a long history in Margaret River and their Cabernet is consistently one of the better red wine values within the region. Under the direction of winemaker Virginia Willcock, the Cabernet is a tad more opulent and approachable in its youth yet manages to retain its depth, structure and longevity. It's a very solid pick for Cabernet lovers and a definite choice for anyone looking to try Australian Cabernet for the first time.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A wine of serious proportions. This has enough richness and power to appeal to Napa Cab drinkers but a structure and length more akin to great left bank Bordeaux. Deep saturated black and blue fruits abound; blackcurrant, cassis, damson plum wrapped up in shaved cedar, cigar box, toasted spices and subtle vanilla oak polish. The fruit is rich but ample tannins mean this will go the long haul. The best Vasse Felix Cab I've tasted in years. I'm just astounded we can offer it at this price. Given the quality, pedigree and ageing potential this is a steal.
    Top Value!
  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    I've become quite fond of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. It has plenty of fruit, body and structure that is just so fresh, precise and elegant. This bottle in particular offers such a variety of aromas and flavors: violets, black currants, cherries, pencil lead, eucalyptus in the nose. Cassis, tart cherry, dark cocoa, cedar and black pepper on the palate. The tannins are delicate and the finish lasting. A distinctive and delicious wine.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Great example of the cabernet varietal picked at the optimal ripeness: clean, bright, aromatic, acidic, with Australia's classic pepper notes. Pair it with that food you've been craving and some Van Halen on a warm spring evening.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Margaret River is known for producing some killer Cabernets and the Vasse Felix is an amazing example of that reputation. While this wine is still a baby and can certainly be held for years to come, it is showing amazingly well now. It has great structure and power, with deep fruit notes and slight acidity to balance it out. This Cab competes with any other region in terms of outstanding quality and will certainly find a place in my cellar.


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