New World Winery of the Year’s Bordeaux-Esque Cabernet
This 2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon earned 95 points from Australian wine guru James Halliday and 93 points from Wine Enthusiast which boasts “great vitality” and a finish “reminiscent of fine Bordeaux.” Enthusiast also conferred the 2017 “New World Winery of the Year” to Vasse Felix. The incredibly hard-to-please Wine Access judging panel agreed with all the praise and stands firmly behind this wine, but at a more conservative 92 points (learn more about our judging process here). If you don’t heed our advice, listen to the Spectator: “The top rank of Margaret River Chardonnay and Cabernet is, simply put, in the top rank of the world.” And finally, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate calls Vasse Felix “one of Australia’s treasures.” The generous fruit and “firm” earthy classic traits of this Margaret River Cabernet are delicious proof. At $34.99 per bottle, see for yourself.
Margaret River recalls the blessed west coasts of California, Bordeaux, and the Maremma, and that maritime influence, along with the region’s ancient well-drained soils, make it a winemaker’s paradise.
Constant breezes off the Southern and Indian oceans cleanse the vines of the Vasse Felix vineyards, and mitigate the warmth of Margaret River’s Mediterranean climate, allowing grapes to achieve marvelous physiological ripeness slowly, over the entire growing season. 2013’s cool spring and warm summer blessed the Cabernet with both ripeness and restraint, and 18 months in French oak round out a wine that Langton’s, Australia’s ruling fine wine auction house, calls “superb” for its remarkable “complexity, balance, buoyancy and freshness.”