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.

Impressive wine!

 

Serve with…

…rich onion gravy dressed over roast lamb or beef. Will also drink well with barbecued root veg or sticky bbq chicken.

BFW Rating


Overall

Decanted, this is an impressive wine that shows off some of Cabernet’s best flavour profiles with a long length. A stylish winter red.

Body:
Full bodied


Variety:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot


Region:
Margaret River, W Australia


Alcohol:
14.5%

Vintage:
2012


Price:
£20+


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