Vasse Felix equals high quality Margaret River Cabernet and this entry level label would have many producers wishing it were their top label. The 2019 is ripe and generous and could have you thinking you should drink now, but be assured it will last for many years. A terrific wine.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"'Son of' the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon. It carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, succulent style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards.
A savoury nose of miso, wet forest floor, shitake and leather wax opens into light perfumes of mulberry and blackberry juice with a hint of raspberry ice cream. A fresh but velvety palate with medium weight, a creamy core and fine, elegant tannins. Hints of delicate dried cranberry and sunflower seed nuttiness linger on the finish. French Oak Barrique, 7% new, 93% 1-5 year old, 11 months average."
93/100 Ray Jordan, The West Australian (2019 Vintage)
"The cooler 2019 vintage presented its challenges, but it also produced some very good wines. Generally, they are more restrained and slightly leaner in structure, yet they have good flavour intensity. This great-value cabernet has become a winner for Vasse Felix. Blackcurrant varietal fruit with a bay leaf and perfumed red berry lift on the nose. A trace of dusty oyster shell on the palate. So well balanced and focused to a long finish."
91/100 Gabrielle Poy, The Real Review, August 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"A brooding style with notes of vanilla, graphite and blackberries. The palate takes its time but when it does a composed set of fruit, spice and tannin all fall nicely into place. This is a lovely luncheon claret style and its perceived alcohol is lower than what the label states. It holds itself elegantly."
91/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Mint nougat, blackberry and boysenberry, a little sweet spice and roasted nuts. Medium-bodied, quite minty and kind of juicy in dark fruit, something of a sappy herbal character too, grainy cocoa tannin, and a mint chocolate finish of solid length. It’s a little overt in regional (and vintage) character, but a good wine."
90/100 Angus Hughson, The Wine Pilot (2019 Vintage)
"Margaret River has had a string of good vintages stretching back over a decade. The trend continued in 2019 with a year that was slightly cooler than average which has made for a more elegant vintage, which is not such a bad thing. It’s got everything you want in Margaret River cabernet with good depth of colour followed by leafy blackcurrant fruits plus a decent hint of red currants also in the mix. Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock’s style is for cabernet with a strong varietal signature and this wine has that in spades. It then moves on to a dry, fresh and mid-weight palate with good depth of fruit on a lingering finish. There is more green herbs coming through than usual thanks to the vintage but classic cabernet fans will not be disappointed."