Vasse Felix Heytesbury Red Blend 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Margaret River, Australia
Deep vibrant red with a purple hue. It has a delicate and sophisticated perfume combining notes of red currant and blackcurrant with savury tones of dried forest floor, peppy leaf and hints of cured venison, leather, potpourri and mineral ironstone. The wine lands with wonderful weight, with juicy red and blueberry fruit flavors and ultra-fine tannins. It quickly tightens and dries as the acid profile bursts to life and the savoury tannins take hold. The finish carries long with earthy dark chocolate, and hints of eucalypt and cherry liqueur.
Australian Wine Companion - "A 69/16/15% blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec that spent 18 months in 62% new French oak. The tannins resulting from the 30 days post-fermentation maceration of 60% of the blend are in perfect harmony with the dominant blackcurrant fruit on the long palate. A very good example of a great style."
The Wine Advocate - "Blended of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec and matured in French oak barriques for 18 months, the 2009 Heytesbury displays a very deep garnet-purple color and gives pronounced notes of creme de cassis, black cherry compote, warm red plums and macerated blackberries over lavender, Provence herbs, anise, black pepper and cinnamon stick plus a whiff of cedar. Well structured with crisp acid and a firm level of finely grained tannins, it fills the mouth with primary berry and spice flavors at this youthful stage, finishing long and peppery.
James Suckling - "This has fabulous length, with satin-like tannins that are so integrated into the wine. Licorice, currants and hints of spice. Some eucalyptus. It's full but super balanced. Goes on for minutes. Less new French oak in the maturation and better coopers. 62% new. Blend is 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot and 15% Malbec. All about gentler handling."
Wine Enthusiast - "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec, the 2009 Heytesbury is a medium- to full-bodied wine with a taut line of acidity that accentuates its slightly drying tannins. Cassis and red currant notes predominate, but there’s ample complexity in the form of mint, cedar, leather and dusty earth."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Intense aromas and flavors of black and blue fruits, vanilla, candied rose, Indian spices and licorice. Sweet and spicy, with impressive clarity and power on the back half but not excess weight. Dusty tannins give grip to a finish that offers a sexy array of dark fruit preserve and floral pastille qualities."
Wine & Spirits - "This is Vasse Felix's top red from its estate vineyards, a blend of old-vine cabernet from Wilyabrup, malbec from Tom Cullity’s first plantings in 1967 and petit verdot. Bold, savory and spicy, this has a forest berry scent along with eucalyptus and dark wood (think mahogany); it saturates the mouth in cool, oceanic fruit flavor that lasts in a tight finish. A Margaret River classic."
Wine Spectator - "Supple and focused, with a core of focused currant and blackberry fruit shaded with smoke, tobacco and blood sausage notes, lingering effectively against refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec."
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Vasse Felix Winery
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. View all Vasse Felix Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.