2009 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Previously $35)
The hue is good, although is on the light side; the bouquet is fragrant, yet not especially powerful; it is on the palate that the intensity and length of the fruit takes no prisoners, blackcurrant/cassis, squeaky tannins and a spicy/savoury edge all adding interest and impact.
A wine that shows lots of mint and currant and licorice. Full body, but super reserved and toned. A wine that need another three to four years to soften. A beautiful wine.
Wine & Spirits
This wine's generous cassis flavors reveal an underlying herbal character, like the scent of a coastal forest. The texture is gentle, as smooth as silk, the wine feeling both skinny and round. Completely approachable, delicious to drink as a young cabernet, this has some peppercorn tension in its tannins that will keep it fresh as it develops in the bottle.
*EDITORS' CHOICE* Vasse Felix's impressively consistent track record with Cabernet continues with the 2009, a mouth-filling, supple wine that still retains a modicum of structure. Bold cassis fruit is balanced by earthy, meaty complexity and finishes long and mouthwatering. Drinkable now, but it should hold easily through 2020, and possibly longer.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Cabernet Merlot gives pronounced cassis, blackberry and mulberry notes over pencil lead, Provence herbs and black olives. Full bodied with plenty of clean, expressive fruit, it has a medium to firm level of grainy tannins, crisp acid and a long blackberry laced finish. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2016.
Broad and generous, with good density to the cherry and red berry fruit, shaded with leafy, minerally notes, opening out on the finish. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2012)