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Huge Discount on a 95-Point Cabernet from a Historic Producer - 03/21/2017 - Australia

The 95-Point, 2013 Vasse Felix Cab is a captivating example of the work being done by the talented winemaker Virginia Willcox. While comparisons to Bordeaux are apt given its classic Cab-driven profile there is no mistaking it as coming from Margaret River - a region that produces a mere 3% of Australia’s wine yet commands over 20% of the premium wine market. Take all of these things into account and add in the fact that our special one-time pricing puts us at the lowest in the market and you have a deal that simply too good to miss.

Founded in 1967 Vasse Felix is the first winery to set-up shop in the Margaret River and has since developed a reputation as one of the top producers of ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon (among other varietals). Their 2013 rendition is impressively fresh, practically overflowing with vim and vigor. Classic red and black fruit flavors are the centerpiece with additional notes of cedar, fennel seed, toast, dried mushroom, tobacco, and spice box also making an appearance. While there is power and verve here, this wine trades more on its elegance and supple textures. Given profound depth and character of this 2013, it’s almost criminal that we are able to offer it at such a deeply discounted price. Any fan of a classically styled Cab is sure to fall in love the Vasse Felix. This is an opportunity to jump on quickly as wines this attractively priced never stay on the shelf for long.

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2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) ($29.99)

95 points James Halliday: "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 is, of course, irrelevant: it is the outcome that matters - here a distillation of elegance." (02/2016)

93 points James Suckling: "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." (03/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "*** Cellar Selection *** This is firm, dusty and seemingly built for the cellar. Toasty, cedary and chocolaty oak frames dark fruit, yet it remains fresh in character, not dried or overripe. The finish is long, tannic and reminiscent of fine Bordeaux. Try after 2020. (JC)" (02/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a blackcurrant and herb laced nose with suggestions of cloves, anise, cedar, tobacco and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with generous black fruit and spice flavors with a chewy backbone and great vitality, finishing with lingering Bay leaf hints. (LPB)" (04/2016)

K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot. 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. The wine is medium deep ruby red. The nose is 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. On the palate the wine has a smooth plush entry leading 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. " (Maturation was in 100% French Oak for 18 months in 46% new, 54% 1-4 year old)

Staff ImageJohn Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

Vasse Felix has a long history in Margaret River and their Cabernet is consistently one of the better red wine values within the region. Under the direction of winemaker Virginia Willcock, the Cabernet is a tad more opulent and approachable in its youth yet manages to retain its depth, structure and longevity. It's a very solid pick for Cabernet lovers and a definite choice for anyone looking to try Australian Cabernet for the first time.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 20, 2017

A wine of serious proportions. This has enough richness and power to appeal to Napa Cab drinkers but a structure and length more akin to great left bank Bordeaux. Deep saturated black and blue fruits abound; blackcurrant, cassis, damson plum wrapped up in shaved cedar, cigar box, toasted spices and subtle vanilla oak polish. The fruit is rich but ample tannins mean this will go the long haul. The best Vasse Felix Cab I've tasted in years. I'm just astounded we can offer it at this price. Given the quality, pedigree and ageing potential this is a steal.

Staff ImageSharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 19, 2017

I've become quite fond of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. It has plenty of fruit, body and structure that is just so fresh, precise and elegant. This bottle in particular offers such a variety of aromas and flavors: violets, black currants, cherries, pencil lead, eucalyptus in the nose. Cassis, tart cherry, dark cocoa, cedar and black pepper on the palate. The tannins are delicate and the finish lasting. A distinctive and delicious wine.

Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 18, 2017

Great example of the cabernet varietal picked at the optimal ripeness: clean, bright, aromatic, acidic, with Australia's classic pepper notes. Pair it with that food you've been craving and some Van Halen on a warm spring evening.

Staff ImageStefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 17, 2017

Margaret River is known for producing some killer Cabernets and the Vasse Felix is an amazing example of that reputation. While this wine is still a baby and can certainly be held for years to come, it is showing amazingly well now. It has great structure and power, with deep fruit notes and slight acidity to balance it out. This Cab competes with any other region in terms of outstanding quality and will certainly find a place in my cellar.