Happy International Cabernet Day


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Happy International Cabernet Day

In the Margaret River region, International Cabernet Day rates up there with other notable days of the year like Christmas. And if you love Cabernet, it will be like all your Christmas’ have come at once when you visit the region.

There aren't many brilliant cabernet growing regions in the world and when it's brilliant its phenomenal.

Virginia Willcock, Chief Winemaker at Vasse Felix

Watch the Margaret River Makers video to find out why Cabernet is described as the King of Margaret River.

To help you celebrate International Cabernet Day, Fergal Gleeson of Great Wine Blog, shares some of his recommendations of top drops in the region.


“It’s extraordinary how stunning the middle truly is!” says chief winemaker at Vasse Felix, Virginia Wilcock. What is she talking about? Vasse Felix have entry level and prestige offerings but the real value is in the middle. Filius has a fragrant dark fruit nose which follows through to the silky texture on the palate. Tannins stand discreetly at the back of the hall. The other ‘middle’ is Vasse Felix Cabernet (RRP $45) which is more structured. Though enjoyable now it is also engineered to last two decades. As the region’s first winery, you’ll be drinking a bit of history.


Lovely floral aromas lead to a red that has structure, complexity and intensity. This is 86% Cabernet with support from other Bordeaux varietals. It has black fruit, cedar oak and a refreshing finish. An orchestra needs time to tune up. Because of Parterre’s structure it improves an hour after opening the bottle. The balance and integration of all the elements are there to see. Parterre is keenly priced for such a sophisticated wine. Impressive.


There are many strings to the Aravina Estate bow. Apart from the winery there’s a cellar door, restaurant, a function room for weddings or business, a kitchen garden and an orchard. There’s even a sports car gallery for rev heads. There’s also Aravina Estate Reserve Cabernet which has picked up plenty of medals and points from Australia’s leading wine critics. Not hard to see why, the sour cherry flavours are gently cloaked in tannin making for an easy drinking and approachable wine.

Amanda Carmichael

Author Amanda Carmichael

Amanda is Queensland born, West Australian at heart. After clocking up some serious km's visiting the Margaret River region every second weekend, she recently packed up and made the move to the most beautiful part of Australia. Happiest when by the sea, adventuring and trying ALL the food and wine. Now living in the region, she knows she's hit the jackpot!

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