Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
96 POINT RATED JANE FAULKNER HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION & 95 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
- 96 Point Rated Jane Faulkner Halliday Wine Companion
- 95 Point Rated Huon Hooke The Real Review
- 95 Point Rated Ray Jordan Wine Pilot
- 95 Point Rated Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Margaret River, Western Australia
|Drink now or cellar up to 2040
Juicy, intense, and luscious on entry with fast building super fine and powdery tannin. It is soft yet solid, elegantly taut, and super-luscious with concentrated fresh raspberry, vanilla pod and savoury nutmeg on the finish. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot.
2020 was a stunning vintage that will define ‘rare and fine’ with low yields and fantastic quality. Spring development was early, followed by a warm start to summer which continued into fine, sunny and dry conditions throughout the season. Combined with low yields, this brought an early start to harvest. No early bird pressure with timely Marri Blossom and no disease pressure were ideal. The birds arrived after a rainfall event late February and we netted the reds, the conditions also cooled slightly extending the season for ideal tannin ripening and fruit flavour preservation.
96 Point Rated - Jane Faulkner James Halliday Wine Companion
"A marker of great cabernet is being seduced by the aromas and flavours, which need to be in harmony: everything tucked in neatly, and let’s not forget beautiful tannins matched to fine acidity. Does this fall into that class? Too right it does. Varietal flavours are pitch-perfect and not quite understated, this is cabernet after all, and the result is a certain elegance and class. A gorgeous rendition."
95 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Good depth of red-purple colour and a fresh aroma which leads with leathery oak-derived notes. The tannins create a very drying impression on the palate. There is elegance and impressive intensity here, but also some toughness—that age will almost certainly soften. There is a core of dark fruit—blackberry and mulberry—that emerges the more you work the glass. This is a sleeper, and loaded with latent potential."
95 Point Rated - Ray Jordan Wine Pilot
"A stylish and elegant expression of this very good Margaret River vintage. The smaller volume and tight berry factor have contributed to the intensity and power on the palate especially. Highly perfumed nose with leafy red berry and blackcurrant and with a trace of bay leaf and black olive. The palate is silky smooth and more in the medium bodied zone. So bright and vibrant with a dry chalky tannin and fine oak support. A classy wine."
95 Point Rated - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
"Vasse Felix’s self-titled middle range often represents the best value for money, in this reviewer’s opinion. This is both an excellent example of the range’s quality as well as of Margaret River’s distinctiveCab style. Layered aromas of tangy red currant, raspberry and cranberry are woven with pencil lead, new pavement and tobacco leaf. There’s a wonderful lift of crunchy currant fruit on the palate, which counterbalances the big smudgy, savory tannins."