2015 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) SKU #1411476

Price: $29.99

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  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    Vasse Felix is an absolute benchmark Australian Cabernet. In 1967, cardiologist Tom Cullity was the first person to plant vines in what would soon become one of the most recognized regions for Australian Cabernet: Margaret River. The 2015 Vasse Felix could not be more of a classic expression of Cabernet from their estate property. There’s a beautiful hint of mint on the nose, along with richer layers of dark fruit and anise notes. On the palate, this is a mouth-coating Cabernet, full of rich fruit along with well-integrated spice and vanilla notes that carry through to the finish. There’s plenty of acid here as well that serves to lift the fruit--managing to keep the deep core of fruit while invigorating the palate. Full-bodied, yet still elegant and bright, this is a killer deal that won’t last long.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    K&L Staff Member
    A lighter bodied Cabernet, this wine has an elegance that gives way to an exceptional verve at the tail end of the palate. Subdued cassis notes layered way underneath the cooked bay leaf and black olives makes for a really great mid palette that transforms long after you might expect for a wine as fresh and lively as this is. Lower tannin, resulting in a freshness I don't normally associate with Cab but one I could definitely get used to.
  • Miles Philippe
    By: Miles Philippe
    K&L Staff Member
    Red currants and red plum layered on top of some hints of mint and tobacco leaf...This is not a Cab that is black and purple fruit driven, which I find refreshingly interesting and seriously delicious. My main impression of this wine is the wonderful backbone of acidity that integrates so elegantly with the fruits. I was lucky enough to taste this about 24 hours after it was opened, which was not something I thought I'd be writing on a review for a bottle of this price. Even after being open for so long, it was extremely lively.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Coming from Margaret River, it isn't surprising that the Vasse Felix is a stunning and complex example of Cabernet. Great balance and texture and restrained rather than one of the big bold monsters some associate with Australia. A bright red cassis nose laced with a minty herb and lovely earthy undertone give way to a palate of medium bodied red and blue fruits with fine tannins and a wonderful elegant minerality. Even after 24 hours this wine was still opening up so do yourself a favor and put a few away for a few years.
    Top Value!
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    On the nose are red currants, savory strawberry compote, a touch of scorched earth and gravel and a bit of the mint and eucalyptus typical of Margaret River red wine. The fruit is rich but vibrant and fresh with an acid line that gives lift and cuts through the ripe fruit perfectly. This is a knockout.


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