Few $35 Australian reds could match the Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon's consistent ability to deliver an ideal marriage of exquisite regional character with perfectly valid seasonal variation. At $35rrp it also happens to be one of the most affordable wines included in Langton's Classification of Australian Wine IV.
Classically Vasse in its aromatic quality and intensity, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon opens to a charry nose of dusty cassis, violet and redcurrants backed by smoky cedar/chocolate oak, dried herbs and a sniff of pepper. The truly regional, youthful palate presents genuine elegance to the fluidity of its medium-bodied small black berry, herb and spice flavours, which are ensconced by a snazzy extract of toasty cedar/mocha oak, a firming dryness, gripping length and persisting notes of olive. A complementary powdery undercarriage harnesses the wine, with assertive, grippy tannins and distinct acidity providing structural support.
ü+ The 2007 is an intense Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with fragrance, hidden elegance, smoky/herbal/dark berry fruit characters, length and true structure. Fans of the house style (like me) won't be disappointed. Drink 2012-2022.