Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Established in 1967 by wine pioneer Dr. Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix is Margaret River's founding wine estate. Pristine isolation, ancient lands and twin oceans make Margaret River a wine paradise and one of the world’s greatest environments to grow ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. These varieties, alongside Shiraz and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends are the primary focus at Vasse Felix. We have known for years that Cabernet thrives in the Margaret River, producing a more refined style than her counterparts in warmer regions of Australia such as Barossa. The cooling marine influence has alot to do with it, and Vasse Felix has always been an elegant, beautiful example.
All the wines at the estate are grown in Vasse Felix’s four Margaret River vineyards then vinified and bottled within the modern winery, situated at the Home Vineyard overlooking the Wilyabrup Brook. There are many things that make Vasse Felix the special place it is: the incredible environment and climate of Margaret River, their secure family ownership, their treasured heritage, and their priceless vineyards. But above all, it's the dedication of the entire team to continue Dr. Cullity's original aim for Vasse Felix: "to make the best possible wine".
This wine, Filius Cabernet, is the ‘son of’ the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, commonly known as a 'second wine' in regions such as Bordeaux. It carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, more forward style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards. Although each vintage varies, this is approximately 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, made with 100% wild yeasts on skins and aged in French Oak barrique, about 10% new and 90% 1-5 year old barrels for about 12 months.
|Region||Australia, Western Australia, Margaret River|
Wine SpectatorOpens with a fresh green accent reminiscent of tomato leaf and sage, giving a savory, peppery note to the plush, velvety cassis and plum core. Finds balance between grace and power, with spice and herb elements lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2028. 800 cases imported.
Wine EnthusiastAt nearly half the price of Vasse Felix's premier-range Cab, Filius is less cellar worthy and more approachable young, but it still carries the winery's classic, restrained, mineral-driven stamp. A nose of red currant, raspberry, dark chocolate nibs and licorice is wrapped in a distinctive graphite and sea-spray character. Tart red fruit and graphite continue on the palate which is tight and focused with fine savory tannins and seemingly effortless elegance and restraint. Drink now-2025.