Vasse Felix Red Blend 2018 Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

2018 Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

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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 purest expression of our history, place and vintage; the pinnacle of Vasse Felix.

Dr Tom Cullity was a respected Cardiologist from Western Australia. He discovered the great table wines of Europe in the 1950s while in Britain working at the National Heart Hospital. Upon returning home, Tom set himself a mission to make fine wines in WA. He searched extensively for the perfect plot of land, taking guidance from the research of Professor Harold Olmo (1955) and Dr John Gladstones (1965) before establishing an 8 acre vineyard in Cowaramup called Vasse Felix.

Tom’s tenacious and enduring persistence led to the successful creation of Margaret River’s first commercial wines. He is remembered for his pioneering role in establishing the Margaret River Wine Region.

 

"This wine is the benchmark of the latent power, grace and inherent balance of the 2018 vintage in Margaret River. Texturally similar to the classically sophisticated 2014 vintage, but with far greater density and weight. Here, the savoury tannins are countersunk into the fruit already: shapely, firm, chewy, malleable – everywhere and nowhere at once. Waves of blood plum, cassis, blackberry, pomegranate, juniper, raspberries, saltbush, bay leaf and salted red licorice crash against the rocks, as kelp, nori, iodine, red gravel and brine ride the smaller sets out the back. Sensational. Astounding. A wine for the ages."

99 Points - Erin Larkin - Wine Companion 

"A great edition of the top Cabernet blend from Vasse Felix, this has a lot of power and depth. The aromas run from red to blue and dark berries with a leafy edge and attractive, fresh florals. The palate has a core of blue-toned fruit flavor that drives so deep, with a helix-like interplay of acidity and tannin. Impressive. Drink over the next decade or more."

98 Points - Nick Stock - James Suckling

"Highly perfumed, blueberry, boysenberry and raspberry, baking spices, maybe a little pimento and choc-mint slice. It’s medium-bodied, fresh and lively, fragrant and succulent in fruit flavour, with a subtle bay leaf character, tannin is ripe and gravelly, and the finish is very long and firm. It’s powerful, yet graceful too, showing the excellent 2018 vintage to great effect. It’ll be a beautiful thing given time to unfurl."

96 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front


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