Fits more or less into the middle of the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon range, with no mention of a dash of this or that common with many Margaret River cabernets, and I would argue all the better for that. Its balance and structure ex bramble-like tannins fits neatly in the midpoint of cabernet, with blackcurrant, bay leaf and dried herbs.
A beautiful cabernet showing an array of fresh herbs, peppermint tea, incense, dark chocolate, coffee beans, tobacco leaves, juniper berries and then dried brambleberries and cedar. Dense and intricately woven, this trades in vibrant berries and savory undertones. Full-bodied, it meanders through cherries and sandalwood, before reaching a long, chewy finish. Drink in
Compared to the Filius, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is like night and day. Sure, it includes some sage, bay leaf and tobacco shadings, but here the emphasis is on elegant blackcurrant aromas and flavors. A touch of cedar adds structure and delineation to the medium to full-bodied palate, but pure cassis takes over on the long, silky finish. A blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot, it's approachable now, yet it has the concentration and enough tannin to think it will drink well for at least another decade.
It's hard to believe that this is Vasse Felix's middle-tier red, such is its pedigree. With a little Malbec and Petit Verdot in the mix, this Cabernet is classic Margaret River, balancing power and structure with complexity and poise. Evoking the springtime scents of this coastal region, it billows ripe red currents, eucalyptus, sage, beach scrub and sea spray. Set up for aging, tannins are fine and vice-like and the oak is fairly prominent, but all should settle into place with a few more years in bottle. Drink now until 2029.
Expressive and dense, with fresh loam notes and herbal accents of sage and rosemary that mingle with a muscular core of dried currant, huckleberry and green tea flavors. Shows wonderful harmony on the finish, where a spicy, cedary detail kicks in. Drink now through 2033.
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