Vasse Felix Premier Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

This wine expresses the distinct regional profile of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon and the site characters it takes from the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on Wilyabrup. It was the first red wine produced in Margaret River and has been made every year since 1972. Cabernet is a robust variety ideally suited to Margaret River’s climate and deep, well drained soils.

About the Vineyard

Dry warm spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavors and bright natural acidity. January rain gave red varieties a timely drink and moderate long, dry conditions finished them with bright fruit and ripe tannins.

Wine Production

Our Cabernet parcels are grown in Wilyabrup, (the coastal, mid northern part of Margaret River) on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils to produce a wine of great varietal purity and character. These wonderful, often tiny, vineyard sections are individually fermented using indigenous yeasts, with many experiencing maceration periods of up to 31 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. Portions of Malbec complement and enhance the Cabernet profile while elevated perfumes and alternative fermentation of Petit Verdot bring a bright nuance and long tannin profile.

Tasting Notes

Exciting perfumes of blackcurrant and cranberry jam, roast turkey skin, smoked mushroom, nori, sage and wild penny royal herb mingle with hints of drying rose petal, a touch of peppermint tree, roasted coffee beans and ironstone. Juicy, succulent entrance with a plump core, slow building fine tannins and a soft stone-dry finish with persisting fragrance. Flavors of cranberry, blackcurrant and mushroom with light peppermint elevate the palate with lightness and power.

Production Info
Vineyard name
selected sites throughout Margaret River
Soil composition
deep gravel loam soil over clay
Training method
VSP, BAL
Average Vine Age
10 - 51 yo
Exposure
Various
Year vineyard planted
1967-2008
Harvest time
Mid-March to early April
First vintage of this wine
1972
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Prefermentation Technique
100% wild yeast, 100% whole berry fermentation
Time on its skins
11- 31 days
Fermentation container
Static Fermenter and open fermenter
Age of Aging Container
44% new, 56% 1-3 year old
Malolactic fermentation
Full
Fining agent
Egg white
Type of aging container
Barriques
Size of aging container
225L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
18 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.47
Residual sugar
0.4 g/L
Acidity
6.5 g/L

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