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2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

  • Colour

    Medium deep ruby red.


    Restrained but deep, complex perfumes of blue-black small berry fruit, floral potpourri, river stone, orange pith, dry jarrah twigs and hints of venison, dried mushroom and choc mocha.


    A smooth plush entry leads into juicy mouth-watering acidity and following is a blanket of fine powdery cuddly tannin, drying but not overpowering. Flavours reminiscent of blackcurrant, nori and toasty cedar remain. A ripe, soft tannin vintage with savoury expression.
  • Winemaker's notes

    Cabernet parcels grown in the coastal, northern reaches of Margaret River on ancient, well drained gravel loam soils produce wines 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 30 days. Natural fermentation and extended maceration are coupled with traditional oxidative handling to clearly define the intricate personality of each vineyard site before blending. Malbec complements and enhances the Cabernet profile.
  • Varietals 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot and Merlot
    Alcohol 14.5%
    Cellaring potential Drinks beautifully now, will reward over 10+ years
    HarvestedLate March-April 2013
    Oak100% French Oak 18 months (46% new, 54% 1-4 yo)
    TA7.0 g/L
    Residual Sugar0.5g/L
    BottledJanuary 2015
  • Vintage Description

    Moderate spring temperatures accompanied by low solar radiation and cool soil conditions contributed to slower vine growth and increased disease pressure. Thankfully, a consistently warm and dry summer ensured clean canopies and another early start to the white harvest. Rapidly cooling weather in March allowed extended ripening time for the reds and more traditional harvest timing through late March into April.
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon  - Reviews


  • Toast of the Town - 97 Points
    The West Australian
    Now ranked securely among the region's great cabernets. This is clearly one of the finest and shows the continuing focus on refinement and elegance while retaining all that inherent deep power and flavour intensity that is Margaret River cabernet. Strikes a superb oak and fruit balance knitted together with fine-grained oak. A little leaf, a little black olive and some wonderful blackcurrant fruits are so compelling.
    May 2016
  • 96 points
    The Keys Report
    The stylishness of this wine is outstanding. It's gentle on the nose, with smells coming in soft waves, rather than a full-on assault, as some wines present. In the mouth it is pure beauty from first sip to final swallow. It's drinking well now but will cellar for several years if correctly stored. An easy 96 points and it's cheap in its segment.
    May 2016
  • 95 points
    Halliday Magazine
    Interesting, very interesting. The colour, the freshness of the aromas and flavours, the finely sculpted tannins and the overall harmony suggest 13.5% alcohol, not 14.5%. All this conjecture, of course, irrelevant: it is the outcome that matters here is a distillation of elegance. (Drink to 2028).
    January 2016
  • 95 Points
    Tony Love's Top 100 Wines - The Advertiser
    One of the West's most celebrated producers working with its signature red variety, so expectations are high and met, the art of marrying the sweet crunch of dark berry and the savoury sense of French oak all on show with a faint waft of gum forest to add local pinpoints. Pure dark cherry and blackberry juices drive the palate, which tracks with a sticky to softer tannin coat as you dwell on the finer things in life.
    July 2016
  • 94 points
    The Wine Front
    One of the great 'go to' cabernets out of Margaret River. This release is bang on. It's curranty, it's tannic, it's varietal, it's soft, it's satisfying. You can ask for little more. There's little point defining the ins and out; it's a 'buy', if you're in the market for such things.
    March 2016
  • 93 points
    Gourmet Traveller Wine
    Vasse Felix Winemaker Virginia Willcock is turning out stunning cabernet. Deep, bright, bold colour and spicy black-berry aromas laced with charcuterie and stylish oak. Full-bodied and powerful, intense and bright, with firm, long tannins. Seriously good.
    Aug/Sept 2015
  • 93 points
    Sydney Morning Herald
    An excellent young cabernet from one of the region's best wineries, with great ageing potential. Powerful and concentrated.
    June 2016
  • 4.5 Stars
    The Sunday Times (WA) and Sun Herald (VIC)
    One of WA's most celebrated producers marries the sweet crunch of dark black berry with a French oak sense. Then pure dark cherry juices drive the soft-to-sticky palate.
    July 2016
  • 95 points
    Australian Financial Review
    The '13 Vasse Felix is getting me most excited about the release of the 2013 Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tom Cullity's original Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon plantings.
    June 2016
  • 94 points
    WBM Australia
    Attractive scents of blueberries, faint eucalyptus, leafy things, black currents and mellow, cedary oak. The palate has a plushness but feels trained by soft tannin. It's long in flavour too. A good release of this Margaret River staple, and cellar time will show well in the wine too.
    May 2016
  • Tantalising
    Vasse Felix Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is more lithe and sinuous from the start, partly because of its fruit selection, but as much to do, I suspect, with it having a higher percentage of new and younger used barrels. Its appetising whiffs of bergamot and wintergreen are also more concentrated and tantalising. It even has some savory, by which I mean Satureja hortensis, the savoury herb that reminds me a little of tarragon.
    March 2016
  • Excellent
    Vasse Felix made the first Cabernet Sauvignon in Margaret River in 1972 and this wine has been made every year since. It captures varietal character while also articulating the signature of the Wilyabrup sub-region with its mostly gravelly loam soils and sea breezes that cool and lengthen ripening. Batch-vinification takes place in static and open-fermenters. Some components are given extended maceration lasting up to 35 days on skins. The wine is matured in French oak barriques (of which 40 to 55% are new), for 15 to 18 months. This superb wine shows intense cranberry and blackcurrant aromas, cedary complexity, plenty of fruit sweetness and lacy tannin structure. Many vintages also include small percentages of Malbec, and on rare occasions Merlot, Petit Verdot or Cabernet Franc, to create complexity, balance, buoyancy and freshness.
  • 96 points
    The West Australian Wine Guide 2016
    Such a sophisticated cabernet these days. This one is the complete package. Tobacco leaf, cedar and blackcurrant with just the most subtle hint of black olive on the nose. The palate has a firmish structure based on the controlling influences of grainy tannins and fine grained oak worked with such refined concentrated fruit. Has a minerally chalky finish to the sweet middle palate.
    December 2015
  • 93 points
    Classic red fruits and chocolate here, boysenberry and bright cassis too. Really upbeat and bright, with a little gravel thread. Super refined palate with smooth and fleshy texture. The tannins spread fine and even and there is plenty of red berry fruit and chocolate through the finish. Really fine. Best from 2019.
    1 March 2016
  • 93 points
    Aromas of flowers, ripe fruit, and hot stones. Plums too. Full body, very layered and velvety yet always fresh and vibrant. More obvious but in a sexy way. Contrasty and vibrant. Screw cap. Drink now or hold.
    July 2017

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