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Cabernet Sauvignon Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix 2013

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Australia2013Cabernet Sauvignon Tom Cullity, Vasse FelixBT10920.001299 JS12102.2222213333399.0099.00Cabernet Sauvignon Tom Cullity, Vasse Felix0.75
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Tasting Notes

That this is an elegant wine is the first thing to note here. The nose has hints of gravel and leafy nuances — a textbook regional expression. It's really seductive, and there's a fusion of bright and vibrant redcurrants, boysenberries and red cherries together with cassis and blue plums as well as mulberries. Some fresh, violet-like florals and freshly cut herbs also come into play along with pomegranate and deliciously fresh and cedary oak that's well played in behind vineyard-focused characters. The richer malbec fruits are clear here, and at 20% of the blend, it has a role to play, both in terms of the upfront plushness and back palate depth. The old vines are also working some magic within the layers of structure and length here. The palate's immaculate and supple, the tannins are fluid, long and polished, and there's detail here as well as depth, before things culminate in an incredibly fresh finish. Tannins are superbly elegant and truly refined. This is a wine of finesse and fine detail. Beautifully grown, perfectly captured and astutely crafted. This is everything a great wine should be and a new step for Vasse Felix, Margaret River and for Australian cabernet. Drink 2020-2030+.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, September 2017

Wild-fermented with 28-35 days on skins, matured in French oak (61% new) for 18 months. Don't pay any attention to the slightly light colour, but certainly dwell on the gloriously fragrant bouquet and the intensity of the cassis-accented palate. This is a truly sophisticated blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 20% malbec and 4% petit verdot, with exceptional texture, length and aftertaste. Drink by 2033.

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, September 2017

Very refined nose. Much more so than most Malbecs I taste. Rich but not at all sweet. Young acidity but transparency. Very juicy. Balsam and kicks up its heels. Very fine tannins. Racy. Salty and subtle.
Drink 2022-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017
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