Vasse Felix Tom Cullity Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2017

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James Halliday – 82/17/1% cabernet sauvignon/malbec/petit verdot, from a single vineyard harvested April 2017. Whole berries, wild-yeast ferment, matured in French oak for 19 months (61% new, 39% 1–4yo). On skins 12–33 days. TA 6.1g/L, pH 3.52. Bottled Feb 2019. This wine is undoubtedly one reason why Margaret River has such a powerful reputation for cabernet: concentration without weight, savoury statuesque tannins and layers upon layers of exotic spice, laid on a bed of ripe fruit. Coursing through the very heart of it is a steady beat of cool-vintage saline acid, pulling it over the coals of the tongue, through to the very long finish. Remarkable.

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A lovely, translucent ruby. The tightly intermingled perfume carries Tom's Block characters of savoury tobacco, earthy forest and nori-like ocean breeze. Delicate red berry notes move into savoury tones of cherry pip, mushroom, white clay, brie rind and tamari. A floral fragrance of violets frames this elegant vintage. A restrained and ethereal rendition of Margaret River Cabernet, the body is plush and shapely, with lovely red berry fruit characters and super fine, talc-like tannins of unbelievable length. Graceful and sophisticated with a savoury core, the delicate complexity of perfumes linger on the long drying finish.
Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Petit Verdot
Country Australia
Region Margaret River
Brand Vasse Felix
Vintage 2017

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