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Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Ruby red in color, this wine offers a complex, savory nose embedded with dried twigs, mushroom, soy, kelp, cowhide, peanut husk and cacao. The savory fragrance gives way to fruit cake notes, with orange peel, red gum flower and concentrated blackcurrant combining to form an alluring bouquet. A plump entrance and fruity core lead to building fine, ripe tannins. A line of fresh red berry tang, reminiscent of dried cranberry and blackcurrant flavors, is followed by notes of dry sweet biscuit, chocolate, iron, and spicy oak.

Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot

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James Suckling
A very composed and powerful cabernet with plenty of rich red and darker berries such as blueberries, raspberries, redcurrants and cherries. The palate is smoothly rendered with a wealth of fine, densely arrayed tannins. Superb.
JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
A medium weight cabernet to show more bulkier renditions a clean set of heels. This is a slashing way to present cabernet. Energetic and bright yet fluid and soft. It boasts just enough weight, and power, to build good momentum through the palate but at no point does it press too hard, or for too much. Bay leaf, black olive and blackcurrant flavours are the main conveyors here. Tannin is a light sheet through the back half of the wine. The touch is light, the effect dramatic.
WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: In a world where many Cabernet Sauvignon regions tout power over finesse, it comes to a welcome relief that we can have beautiful elegance from the Margaret River in Western Australia. As one of the world's standout regions for this grape variety, this region deserves more attention than it currently receives. The 2015 Vasse Felix is an outstanding example of the best wines from this growing region. TASTING NOTES: This wine is elegant and persistent. Its aromas and flavors of savory spices and black fruit should pair beautifully with a double-cut, grilled pork chop over rice pilaf. (Tasted: February 5, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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Vasse Felix is Margaret River’s founding wine estate and was established in 1967 by regional pioneer Dr Tom Cullity. Pristine isolation, twin oceans and ancient soils make Margaret River a wine paradise - the ideal environment for growing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The wines are grown in Vasse Felix’s four vineyards situated throughout Margaret River, then estate-made and bottled within the state-of-the-art Vasse Felix winemaking facility. Vasse Felix wines are recognised benchmarks in Margaret River and Australia, and the Estate is one of the country’s draw-card winery destinations. Vasse Felix has four beautiful vineyards located in selected sites throughout Margaret River, including the region's oldest vineyard our Home Vineyard in Wilyabrup. Each Vasse Felix vineyard site has been selected for its unique soil structure, topography and microclimate. The best suited grape varieties have been matched to each vineyard, and specific rows and blocks have been planted to correspond with the above factors. All wines are made and bottled within Vasse Felix's beautifully equipped winemaking facility, enabling full quality control of every bottle. Every parcel of fruit is kept separate from the time it is harvested, through its unique fermentation style and maturation, creating precise, site-expressive wines. This approach enables traceability back to each individual vineyard block. With this visability, the viticulturists and winemakers can work more effectively with the soil and vine structure to refine and improve quality, beginning in the vineyard.

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Margaret River

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Home to some of Australia’s most elegant and long-living red and white wines, Margaret River is situated in the farthest reaches of Western Australia. Relatively warm and dry, the region is cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean. Margaret River takes some inspiration from Bordeaux, producing top-quality Cabernet Sauvignon with firm structure, mouthwatering acidity, balanced alcohol and notes of herbs and spice. Complex, age-worthy Chardonnays are another regional specialty. Also common here are refreshing blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, as well as earthy, aromatic Bordeaux red blends.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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