It's distinctive, it's distinguished
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.
VASSE FELIX FILIUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
“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.
FRASER GALLOP ESTATE PARTERRE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013
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.
ARAVINA ESTATE WILDWOOD RIDGE CABERNET RESERVE 2013
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.