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Dr Tom Cullity established Vasse Felix in 1967 and made Margaret River’s first significant red wine – our Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec, in 1972. The Tom Cullity is a single-vineyard evolution of the HEYTESBURY, named in recognition of Tom’s achievements. It descends from his original 1967 vines and was made exclusively from the Home Vineyard in Wilyabrup, which has been expanded carefully over the years. The wine was fermented naturally, matured in French oak for 18 months and aged in bottle until release as a four year old wine. The inaugural vintage - 2013 - is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot. 

2013 was a milestone year at Vasse Felix where fruit quality led us to make the inaugural vintage of the Tom Cullity. The Cabernet enjoyed steady, extended ripening. The style of Cabernets from this vintage are distinguished by their concentration, richness, and fine, powdery tannins that are present, but not overpowering. Harvested mid-March to early April.

Wild fermented, 28-35 days on skins; matured in French oak (61% new) for 18 months. Slightly light colour; gloriously fragrant bouquet; intense cassisaccented palate. 76% cabernet sauvignon, 20% malbec, 4% petit verdot; exceptional texture, length and aftertaste. Alcohol: 14.5%, Closure: Screwcap 98 points, Drink by 2033; Price: $200; Rating: 98 Points; James Halliday

 

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