Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Dark and intense, this Cabernet Sauvignon has huge appeal.
From Margaret River’s founding wine estate in Western Australia comes this premium full bodied Cabernet with a dab of softening Merlot. A lot of care has gone into the making of the wine, with each vineyard block undergoing a seperate fermentation and extended maceration period (time in contact with the skins) to extract the best flavours. They are then separately matured in oak for 12-18 months.
Combine that with the fact this comes from one of Australia’s bumper vintages, 2012, (blessed with great weather!) and you’re looking at wine with lots of potential. Vasse Felix certainly doesn’t disappoint.
In the glass there’s lots of viscosity from the impressive alcohol, leaving slow-moving legs all around the surface of the glass. While ruby-coloured and young-looking, its intensity is deep and the ruby is very dark.
The nose is leathery tannin initially, so decant it for a while (a day if possible). Then those tannins are replaced with cedar wood, pepper, and that juicy ripe blackcurrant Cabernet drinkers adore. The palette is vastly complex: initially some bitter cocoa, then I get packs of blackcurrant fruits and a touch of liquorice. Very, very good length.
Decanted, this is an impressive wine that shows off some of Cabernet’s best flavour profiles with a long length. A stylish winter red.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Margaret River, W Australia