Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

This wine expresses the distinct regional profile of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and the site characters it takes from the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on Wilyabrup. It was the first red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Cabernet is a robust variety ideally suited to Margaret River’s climate and deep, well-drained soils.

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The Premier Cabernet Sauvignon of Vasse Felix. This wine’s distinctive
style possesses all the hallmarks of the finest Margaret River Cabernet;
elegance, generosity and ageability. Made every year since 1972, it is
Margaret River’s archetypal Cabernet Sauvignon.
TASTING NOTES
APPEARANCE Bright and deep ruby.
NOSE A loaded and dense perfume of cassis, licorice and strawberry
sorbet is deepened by ocean scents of dried shells and crayfish bisque.
Ironstone rock brings earthy notes which give way to dried rose petal
and vanilla butter intrigue.
PALATE So intense, tight, lengthy and exciting. A fresh and succulent
entry pulls inward with firm, linear tannins driving the flavours long.
Fresh raspberry, wood spice, vanilla and peanut complexities linger.
WINEMAKER COMMENTS
Our Cabernet parcels are grown in Wilyabrup, (the coastal, mid northern
part of Margaret River) on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils to
produce a wine of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful,
often tiny, vineyard sections are individually fermented using indigenous
yeasts, with many experiencing maceration periods of up to 40 days.
Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with
traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality
of each vineyard site before blending. A higher portion of Petit Verdot
(compared to previous vintages) brings a bright nuance and extended
tannin profile in this well performing year. While a small portion of
Malbec complements and enhances the Cabernet profile.
VINTAGE DESCRIPTION
Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than
average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool
then moderate weather before a run of below average temperatures in
January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however
a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong
daily sea breezes preserving vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white
varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for
the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural
malolactic ferment in our Chardonnays. Meanwhile, the reds ripened
slowly and gently through a dry Autumn ensuring fully developed tannins
and a slightly riper and fleshier fruit profile than 2017.
VARIETIES
90% Cabernet Sauvignon,
8% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
FERMENTATION
100% wild yeast
99% whole berry
1% (Petit Verdot) carbonic
maceration & whole berry
FERMENTATION VESSEL
79% Static Ferment
12% Open Top Ferment
9% Roto Ferment
TIME ON SKINS
12-40 days
PRESSING
91% Basket Press
9% Air Bag Press
MATURATION
French Oak Barrique
44% new, 56% 1-4 year old
18 months
2 months in tank before
bottling

TA 6.5g/L PH 3.56

RESIDUAL SUGAR 0.69g/L
ALCOHOL 14.5%
VEGAN FRIENDLY No
CELLARING 12 years (fresh)
12+ years for savoury, elegant
aged Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Bottles Per Case 6
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Vintage 2018
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