2015 Vasse Felix ‘Tom Cullity’
Margaret River, Australia
Tastes Like: Spiced Blackberries, Baker’s Chocolate, Cedar, Earth
In 1967 Dr. Tom Cullity planted the very first vineyards in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. It was a smart decision on his part: the pristine land on which he created Vasse Felix boasts the same soils and climate as the famed estates of Bordeaux. Over the next 50 years, his winery became one of the most awarded in Australian history, including the coveted title of “New World Winery of the Year” from Wine Enthusiast.
Today winemaker Virginia Willcock produces some of the best wines in the estate’s history, and the pinnacle of these is the reserve ‘Tom Cullinan’ bottling. This Bordeaux-styled blend offers exceptional complexity, power, and elegance. The 2015 vintage is the “best to date,” earning a trio of 96 Point scores!
Tasting Notes: ?The third vintage of Tom Cullity is the best to date. This premium bottling offers threads of graphite, currants, black olives, nori, tomato leaf and roasted green peppers. These flavors, along with spicy French oak, are tightly woven with fine chalky tannins. Power and elegance share the limelight, and linearity trumps roundness and richness.? – 96 Points, Wine Enthusiast
?The 2015 Cullity is all about finesse and power with subtle aromas and flavors of currants, plums and autumnal leaves. Full body and firm, chewy tannins that give the wine length and freshness. Just keeps on growing on the palate. Better after 2022, but already a gem to taste.? – 96 Points, James Suckling
?A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Tom Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec boasts stunningly pure cassis aromas, with just enough hints of mint, sage, cedar and tobacco to impart welcome complexity. It’s medium to full-bodied but linear and focused in style, with more length than breadth on the palate, layers of fine, mouth-coating tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. While by no means unapproachable even now, expect it to be better in another five years and drink well for another decade or more after that.? – 96 Points, Wine Advocate