Vasse Felix, Margaret River's founding wine estate, was established by Dr Thomas Brendan Cullity in 1967. Among his first plantings were Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec vines, from which he produced the estate’s first red wine. The Tom Cullity descends from these original vines and represents the pinnacle of Vasse Felix.
About the Vineyard
All fruit was grown in Vasse Felix's Home Vineyard.
Fruit parcels were picked in small blocks and fermented with 100% wild yeasts. 52% was static fermented and macerated on skins for more than 20 days. 48% was open fermented and macerated for 10-15 days on skins. The wine was fined with egg whites and racked before minimal filtration to bottle. 100% French oak, 19 months (61% New, 39% 1-4 year old).
Deep maroon with a brick and purple tint. The nose is rather savory to start with meaty mushroom, nori, salty sea breeze, graphite and spicey cedar notes. Opens beautifully with cherry, cassis, orange rind, potpourri and hints of forest floor. The palate is a remarkable, refined, soft, elegant and almost creamy Cabernet style with sublime tannin and mouthfeel. The flavor is full, yet elevated and carries cherry, cassis, hints of cedar and chocolate. It finishes juicy, while fine and dry.