2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Chardonnay
MARGARET RIVER, AUSTRALIA
There is something big happening in the world of wine – a paradigm shift of sorts – with a massive trend away from the bigger-is-better mentality towards a quest for balance. Translated: rather than going for the heavy barrel aging, high alcohol, and extracted fruit, there is a winemaking preference for the purity of fruit and the terroir remaining the focus while barrel aging and alcohol play a supportive and secondary role. We’ve seen it happen in California, Oregon, Washington, and it’s now happening in the southern hemisphere – particularly Australia. This probably seems like a far departure from that jammy Barossa Shiraz that most of us associate with Australia, but with sales tanking in the last decade, Australia has had to reinvent itself. This time, it is not centered around Barossa, but rather Margaret River Valley on the Western Coast, with pioneering winery Vasse Felix leading the way.
In 1965, UC Davis professor Harold Olmo put out a report comparing the similarities in climate between Margaret River and Bordeaux. Two years later the first vineyard was planted in Margaret River and Vasse Felix winery was established. The climate and soil here seemed to prefer Cabernet Sauvignon and the winemaking followed more of a Bordelaise style. And for the last five decades Margaret River remained relatively isolated and un-influenced from the rest of Australia and had the time to develop and come into its own. In 1987 the Holmes a Court family acquired Vasse Felix winery and changed the course of its history forever, expanding the estate with three additional vineyards, each with different microclimates, topography, and soil types. All the farming is done sustainably with a constant focus on the soil biology and environmental health. Only natural fertilizers are used, with sheep for weed management, and all the irrigation comes from dams and rainwater tanks. It’s this intimate relationship with the vineyards that has led to the superb brilliance that you taste in the wines.
So what are the wines like? Perfectly balanced with every component in harmony with each other. With the purity of fruit and terroir taking center stage, these wines are absolutely irresistible.
Today, I am thrilled to re-introduce Australia through the wines of Vasse Felix. We are offering the 2014 Margaret River Cabernet and 2015 Margaret River Chardonnay, with impressive scores of 95 and 94 points from James Suckling respectively, for the lowest prices in the country. These wines are limited and we anticipate selling out, so please act quickly to secure your order.
This offer is made pre-arrival, with the wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in May/June 2018. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in NY, TN and WI. This is a ONE WEEK SALE that will expire on Tuesday, February 6, 2018.