Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2013
Vasse Felix, Tom Cullity, Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec, Margaret River, Western Australia 2013
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot 100% French oak, 18 months (61% new, 39% 1-4 year old)
A deep maroon with a brick and purple tint. On the nose rather savoury to start with meaty mushroom, nori, salty sea breeze, graphite and spicy cedar notes. Opens beautifully with cherry pip, cassis, Christmas cake, orange rind, pot pourri and hints of Australian forest floor. A remarkable palate , refined, soft, elegant and almost creamy Cabernet style with sublime tannin and mouthfeel. The flavour is full, yet elevated and carries cherry, cassis, hints of cinotto, cedar and chocolate. It finishes juicy, while fine and dry.
"That this is an elegant wine is the first thing to note here. The nose has hints of gravel and leafy nuances -- a textbook regional expression. It's really seductive, and there's a fusion of bright and vibrant redcurrants, boysenberries and red cherries together with cassis and blue plums as well as mulberries. Some fresh, violet-like florals and freshly cut herbs also come into play along with pomegranate and deliciously fresh and cedary oak that's well played in behind vineyard-focused characters. The richer malbec fruits are clear here, and at 20% of the blend, it has a role to play, both in terms of the upfront plushness and back palate depth. The old vines are also working some magic within the layers of structure and length here. The palate's immaculate and supple, the tannins are fluid, long and polished, and there's detail here as well as depth, before things culminate in an incredibly fresh finish. Tannins are superbly elegant and truly refined. This is a wine of finesse and fine detail. Beautifully grown, perfectly captured and astutely crafted. This is everything a great wine should be and a new step for Vasse Felix, Margaret River and for Australian cabernet." Drink 2020-2030+. James Suckling 99/100
"Supple and scented. Compact and intense with such elegance. Firm but hidden tannins and great freshness. Mid cherry red. Gentle, almost pretty aroma. Delicate, elegant, scented on the palate. Gentle but very, very long. Gorgeous fruit sweetness. Not very Cabernet so I suppose it is more an expression of the site. Soft but incredibly long." Julia Harding 18/20 Jancis Robinson.com
WINEMAKER COMMENTS "All fruit was grown in Vasse Felix's Home Vineyard. Fruit parcels were picked in small blocks and fermented with 100% wild yeasts. 52% was static fermented and macerated on skins for more than 20 days. 48% was open fermented and macerated for 10-15 days on skins. The wine was fined with egg whites and racked before minimal filtration to bottle."
It`s 50 years since pioneering Dr Tom Cullity planted the first vines at Vasse Felix and unleashed the potential of the Margaret River wine region. The wine replaces the Heytesbury with malbec now an important component of the blend. The colour is surprisingly light, the bouquet highly perfumed and the palate subtle yet clearly defined, concentrated and super, super long. Decant to enjoy now or wait five years to see it in full flight - a journey that will last at least 10 more years.