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Serious Discounts on a Cab and Chard from a Celebrated Estate - 12/20/2017 - Australia

Always a go-to producer out of Australia’s Margaret River is Vasse Felix, Since 1967 they have been crafting sublime, category defining efforts that have earned many adoring fans. Featured here two highly celebrated efforts from their Premier range: their 96-Point Chardonnay and 95-Point Cab. The critics absolutely loved this pair (as the notes below will attest) as they are picture-perfect examples of their style offering unrivaled focus, finesse, and elegance. To put it simply, the quality of the wines is incontrovertible, making them must-haves for those who crave the best Margaret River has to offer. Making things all the more tempting is price. We were able to secure market best pricing on both wines, so you’ll be paying a fraction of what you find elsewhere for these gems. These prices are so low, in fact, we can’t print them here. It’s not often you find wines of this caliber so well-priced, making this a terrific opportunity to stock up. Previous vintages have sold in a flash and we expect no less from these knock-outs.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2013 Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40+) 95 $29.99 View
2015 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) 96 $29.99 View

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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." (09/2015)

93 points James Suckling: "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." (07/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " 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. *Cellar Selection* (JC)" (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Fresh cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering sappy, concentrated black currant and cherry-vanilla flavors that pick up a smoky nuance with aeration. Closes spicy, smoky and very long, featuring a lingering licorice note and dusty tannins that come in late. (JR)" (10/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Vasse Felix's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is an immediately attractive, approachable wine yet shows sufficient structure to age through 2025. Ripe, supple tannins and crisp acids provide just enough structure to support the wine's ample cassis fruit. Hints of bay leaf and vanilla provide complexity that lingers through the plush finish. (JC)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 94 points 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 no point defining the ins and out; it’s a 'buy,' if you’re in the market for such things." 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."

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.

Staff ImageAnthony 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.

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2015 Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $40) ($29.99)

96 points James Halliday: "From Vasse Felix's premier vineyards focused on Wilyabrup, fermented and matured in French oak (42% new) for 9 months. The bouquet is still developing, but the palate guarantees the medium to long-term future of a chardonnay with exceptional length and intensity, pear, white peach and grapefruit combining to make light work of the oak. Restrained like a lion on a leash." (09/2016)

94 points James Suckling: "A vivid and bright chardonnay with cooked apple, lemon and mineral character. Hints of vanilla and cream. Full body, clean and lively." (07/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits: "Vasse Felix farms Chardonnay at three of its four vineyard sites in Margaret River, including the Home Vineyard in Wilyabrup, where Tom Cullity planted the region's first vines in 1967. This 2015 has the woodsy scent of acacia blossoms and the cool feel of the Margaret River's coastal forest. The fruit is tight until, with air, its lemon severity opens toward finesse, detailed floral notes and lasting tart citrus flavors. Pour it with grilled abalone or other fresh shellfish." (10/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Hard to believe this isnt Vasse Felixs top Chardonnay, but instead lies in its middle tier. Its complex, rich and age worthy. Notes of melon, stone fruit, butter and toast march straight into a tangy, toasty palate that is both opulent and elegant. And the salty, briny finish is seemingly endless. Drink now2025. *Editors' Choice* (CP)" (02/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Intriguing, offering a fragrant mix of toast, saline and lemon curd flavors that are juicy and focused, with good intensity. Bracing acidity opens up the flavors on the finish, showing transparency and energy. Drink now through 2027. (MW)" (11/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The middle tier of the Vasse Felix Chardonnays, the 2015 Chardonnay features hints of struck match on the nose along with notes of stone fruit and tangerine. It's medium-bodied but gives a greater sensation of richness and ripeness than either of the 2016 Chardonnays reviewed this issue. The finish is perhaps a bit chunky and less precise than it could be, but this wine still delivers plenty of character and flavor. (JC)" (12/2017)

K&L Notes: 93 points Wine Front: "Struck match, almond, bran, nectarine and citrus. Glossy and viscous, but green apple acidity keeps it trim. It has flavour - almost tropical - but doesn't step over the line. It's very Chardonnay and kind of refined too. Easy to like and enjoy."

Staff ImageHeather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 03, 2018

Vasse Felix is deservedly a well known name in Margaret River. Sometimes its tempting to pass by the big names in search of something new and exciting, but when it comes to Margaret River Chardonnay, I come back every time to Vasse Felix. It's really not to fair to this incredible region to draw comparisons to Burgundy, but still the word "Meursault" keeps popping into my head. I think its because there is such a strong sense of mineral drive combined with elegant fruit and a slight nuttiness that is perfectly married.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 14, 2017

An icon in Australian Chardonnay. The 2015 Vasse Felix "Premier" Chardonnay (not to be confused with the lower tier "Filius" Chardonnay) is the culmination of many decades of vineyard development, vine age and rock star winemaker Virginia Willcock's endless pursuit of Chardonnay perfection. This wine is both beautifully representative of classic Margaret River chardonnay but also a stunningly refined example of Virginia's inimitable wine making style. Baked pear, toasted barley, some slightly tart peach notes and plenty of signature stony minerals. Whisps of struck match, and split white oak. Such a complex wine but so quaffable and refreshing at the same time. Concentrated and flavorful but brisk and lively. Exceptionally good Chardonnay especially at our too low to show pricing.