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  • Country ranking ?

    32
  • Producer ranking ?

    1
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

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The Story

The refurbished icon wine Tom Cullity 2013 from Vasse Felix was launched in Spring 2017. Before 2013 the icon red wine of Vasse Felix was called Heytesbury. The blend is the same Cabernet-Malbec but Tom Cullity is a single-vineyard wine unlike its predecessor.

Vasse Felix, Margaret River's founding wine estate, was established by Dr Thomas Brendan Cullity in 1967. Among his first plantings were Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec vines, from which he produced the estate’s first red wine. The Tom Cullity descends from these original vines and represents the pinnacle of Vasse Felix.

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Official release May 1, 2020

"This wine is a tribute to not just our founder, but to a man who had the guts to make Margaret River what it is today." - Paul Holmes A Court, owner Vasse Felix

The fruit has a salivating saltiness about it.  Led by red berries and cassis it is pure and concentrated.  This is almost shimmering in its power and drive.  It's very long through the finish, it's hard to know when it ends.  The tannins are fine, crushed powder fine. It speaks of balance and harmony.  It manages to convey power without weight, it is medium bodied and silky.  A gloriously complex, fine and beautiful cabernet.  Their best yet.

"The tannins from that fruit are always different.  The grapes are always the last picked.  The vineyard is unirrigated, it's hand picked.  We're pretty hands-off in the winery.  We incorporate penty of oxygen so the tannins have more access to oxygen from the get-go.  Only one batch of this wine was racked an returned.  The other thing to consider with the texture is the wild yeast - is produces beautiful, clean lees." - Virginia Willcock, Vasse Felix Winemaker

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Wilyabrup, Margaret River

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