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Vasse Felix, Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia, 2008
Individual judges’ scores: Roger Jones 86 Pierre Mansour 90 Anthony Rose 85
Roger Jones: Touch of medicinal on nose. Meaty, Bovril, full ripe fruit bouncing around. Wild herbs, does not seem to be balanced at present.
Pierre Mansour: Deep. Very scented, stylish nose, cedary Cabernet aroma, very focussed and pure. Round, weighty, gorgeous fruit, plump, sharp acidity, very long, velvety balanced tannins. Lots of pleasure here.
Anthony Rose: Evolved in colour, a tad leafy on the nose, bright red berry fruits with an almost sharpish acidity holding it all together; quite Margaret River in its medium intensity and bright fruit quality and almost Bordelais-style balance if a tad on the sharp and austere side.
Vasse Felix was founded by pioneer Dr Thomas Cullity in 1967 and is now owned by Paul Holmes à Court. It is situated in Margaret River, Australia. It is the founding wine estate of Margaret River.
Vasse Felix sits in the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, with vineyards also located to the north of the region in Carbunup, and to the south, in Karridale, benefit from a micro-climate and natural irrigation. The area has about three main types of soil, a clay based soil, a gravel based type of soil but also a sandy soil. Together, these conditions are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.