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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 94842)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 3% Shiraz

The philosophy behind Vasse Felix Cabernet is to blend from various growers from sub-regions within the Margaret River Region to provide differences in terms of tannin structure, fruit profile and overall quality. When these sub-regions are blended we create a true Margaret River ‘Regional' style, and provide more consistency from year to year. The small portion of Merlot and Malbec help soften the tannin profile on the palate and give a perfumed floral lift to the nose.

A classic Cabernet nose, complex and integrated with spice, dried herbs, minerals and ripe blackberry fruits offering substantial support. The warm, dry vintage conditions are reflected in the ripe redcurrant and juicy blackberry fruits found on the palate. Dark orange chocolates and dried mint flecks, a signature trait of Willyabrup Cabernet shine through.

"The outstanding 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot, and 3% Shiraz) spent 18 months in two-thirds French and one-third a combination of American and Hungarian oak. An opaque purple color accompanies classic aromatics of asphalt, black currants, vanillin, flowers, underbrush, and new saddle leather. This seriously-endowed effort reveals supple tannin as well as a degree of accessibility, but it should age nicely for 10-12 years."- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Vasse Felix:

Planted in 1967, Vasse Felix was the first vineyard to be established in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia.

Family owned and operated by the Holmes a Court family, Vasse Felix is internationally recognized as a leading Margaret River winery, restaurant and cellar door and is found in the heart of Margaret River's famous sub-region, Willyabrup.

Long growing seasons, ancient soils and cooling sea breezes from the Southern and Indian Oceans provide the Vasse Felix vineyards with ideal viticultural conditions to craft consistent, elegant and complex wines with pronounced varietal character and aroma.