Vasse Felix were briefed in the seventies by Margaret River’s founding vigneron Dr Tom Cullity, to make the best possible wine. Heytesbury is a flagship regional Cabernet, the fruits of over thirty years of viticulture at Vasse Felix. Balance, elegance, complexity and restrained power are the hallmarks of Heytesbury, the direct result of an uncompromising approach to quality. Heytesbury embodies the Vasse Felix commitment to excellence, and as such is named after the Holmes à Court family company, to which Vasse Felix is the crowning jewel.
Filius translates to ‘son of’ in Latin, describing the relationship between these wines and their Premier ‘fathers’. The wines are made in a ‘Premier’ style from fruit with greater opulence and generosity sourced from all of the Vasse Felix Vineyards.
A remarkably ripe and soft wine in such a cool vintage. Ruby garnet with a purple. A deep perfume with blackcurrant, blueberry and coffee mocha complexities. Notes of dusty earth and woody perennial herbs mingle with hints of nori, dried forest leaves and wild mushrooms to create an inviting aroma. A light fragrant entrance with blackcurrant, raspberry and potpourri builds to earthy complexities and fine dry dusty tannins which serve to frame the fruit. A comfortable, soft, juicy body and tannin profile finishes the wine fresh and long.
Bright crimson-purple; this has provenance written large across its visage, likewise purity. Restructuring of the Vasse Felix offers to the market has lifted, not compromised, this dark, fruit-filled cabernet. Drink to: 2032; Price: $28.00; Date Tasted: Sep 2019; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines of 2019; James Halliday; Wine Companion
In some respects, I prefer Filius to its more expensive brother when it comes to Cabernet. Fine boned, savoury, refreshing, dark fruit, spice, violet and dried herb perfume. Tannin is dense, acidity settled, and the finish is satisfying. It’s refreshing and sophisticated. Value! Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $28; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2027; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Another cracking cabernet under this label which has emerged as one of the best-value quality Margaret River cabernets. Not as opulent as 2016, but with generous and focused fruit expression. Has a more dried-herbs and savoury element with a thread of grainy, sinewy tannin and dusty oak. Ray Jordan; West Australian Wine Guide
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