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Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
  • JH95
  • RP93
  • W&S93
  • WE91
  • ST91
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Winemaker Notes

The 2008 release is a deep red with a brick red/maroon hue. The aroma is intensely varietal and savory with a strong base of black currant fruit supporting layers of lifted pot pouri, violets and Margaret River's distinctive dried sage and bay leaf characters. These aromas are further enhanced by a lick of lovely spicy, vanillan French oak. The wine enters the mouth elegantly with velvety tannins caressing and coating the front palate. Juicy and vivacious raspberry and red currant fruits explode on the mid palate with hints of sweet toasty oak and a honeyed tobacco flavor. The fruit and oak flavors are lifted and carried by a bright and tight mineral acidity with runs through a core of characteristic sinewy Cabernet tannins. The finish, loaded full of red fruits, cool menthod, violets and chocolate oak, is long, chalky and dry.

92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec

Critical Acclaim

JH 95
Australian Wine Companion

Essencey regional bouquet relying on fruit purity rather than oak to provide an alluring array of aromas; red fruit and cedar are gracefully supported by fine, almost silky tannins; elegant, long and harmonious to conclude.

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

Of the same blend is the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, revealing a deep garnet-purple color and pretty perfume of cassis, violets, espresso, cassia and dried herbs. Crisp, structured and very fine, this rich, full bodied vintage gives layers of fruit and spice in the very long finish. Drink it 2012-2019+.

W&S 93
Wine & Spirits

Constricted at first, this is a powerful cabernet with energy to spare. The gragrand red plum and strawberry flavors develop out of a dense, compacted core, their sappy richness balanced by fresh acidity. As the wine evolves with air, it yields scents of the coastal forest - eucalyptus and cactus - that add to its disctinctive flavor. Decant a bottle for Cantonese spare ribs.

WE 91
Wine Enthusiast

Vasse Felix is making boldly flavored yet balanced Margaret River wines epitomized by this Cabernet, which features cassis and mint aromas, bright fruit-driven flavors that manage to avoid jamminess and a firm, tannic finish. Drink 2013-2020.
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ST 91
International Wine Cellar

Glass-staining ruby. Spice-accented dark berries, cherry and violet on the aromatic nose. Deeply pitched blackcurrant and candied cherry flavors show a suave blend of sweetness and tension, picking up a licorice quality with aeration. Fine-grained tannins add grip and focus to the long, spicy finish. This is structured to age.

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Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix

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Vasse Felix, , Australia
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.

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One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts...

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One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a temperate climate moderated by Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and even winter. Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant difference in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs—the iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and holds water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals; and the silty loess found in the Chehalem Mountains, somewhere in between the other two in texture, is fertile and well-draining but erodes easily, creating challenges for growers but necessitating careful vineyard management.

The celebrated Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley typically offers supple red fruit, especially cranberry, without the powerful punch often packed by its California counterparts. Elegance is paramount here, and fruit flavors are balanced by forest floor, wild mushroom, and dried herbs—much more in line with Burgundian examples of the variety. Chardonnay too takes its inspiration from the French motherland, focusing on tart, crisp fruit and minerality, rarely relying upon heavy new oak. Pinot Gris here is fleshy and bright, and Riesling is dry, aromatic, and citrus-focused.

GZT1405917_2008 Item# 110684

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