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VASSE FELIX Margaret River 'Tom Cullity' Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2018 (750mL)

VASSE FELIX Margaret River 'Tom Cullity' Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2018 (750mL)

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99 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
98 points - Andrew Caillard, MW
98 points - James Suckling
97 points -The Real Review
97 points - Vinous
97 points - Wine Enthusiast
97 points - Wine Pilot
96 points - Decanter

"This wine is the benchmark of the latent power, grace and inherent balance of the 2018 vintage in Margaret River. Texturally similar to the classically sophisticated 2014 vintage, but with far greater density and weight. Here, the savoury tannins are countersunk into the fruit already: shapely, firm, chewy, malleable – everywhere and nowhere at once. Waves of blood plum, cassis, blackberry, pomegranate, juniper, raspberries, saltbush, bay leaf and salted red licorice crash against the rocks, as kelp, nori, iodine, red gravel and brine ride the smaller sets out the back. Sensational. Astounding. A wine for the ages."
99 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

"Highly perfumed aromas strike immediately. There is that combination of fruit sweetness and fine chalky minerally tannins. Loads of blackcurrant and juicy plum with a dollop of chocolate and mocha cut with floral and dried herb notes. Bright and energetic at every turn with subtlety and elegance. Delivers with a degree of understatement and restraint yet gathers pace and momentum as it drives through to the finish. The tannins are more in the powdery space with that slightly aspirin-like oak influence bringing it all together seamlessly and harmoniously. This is classic cabernet in its varietal makeup with a firm spine and length. The malbec has brought a vibrant red fruit juiciness into the equation. The finest wine yet from Vasse Felix. It’s 2016 without the tannin and 2014 without the opulence."
99 points - Ray Jordon - The West Australian