2014 Vasse Felix "Filius" Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Filius Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of crushed blackberries and black currants with a bay leaf, dried thyme and pencil shavings background plus a hint of cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it packs a lot of fruit into the palate, well supported by grainy tannins and just enough acid, finishing with good length. (LPB)
The blend is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot. Its name means "son of" in Latin, that that reflects its relationship to the Vasse Felix Cabernet, the estate's most historic red. According to the winemaker, "Filius is a more approachable, opulent interpretation of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, a style renowned for its elegance and power. All fruit parcels were vinified and matured individually before grading post maturation to create a regional expression of the vintage." 92 points Wine Front: "I think this Cabernet from Margaret River might qualify as mellifluous. Which is not a word usually associated with this variety. Tobacco leaf, clove and gum leaf notes add sparkle, or at least complexity, to a pure, medium-bodied ooze of curranty fruit. Said fruit is the main driver. This is a perfectly balanced red, pitch perfect from start to finish. Accordingly it is good now, and should develop well over a good deal of time."