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2020 Syrah

A modern, elegant, cool climate style crafted from our premier parcels of southern Margaret River Syrah (Shiraz). Wild fermented, with a portion of whole bunch fermentation and carbonic maceration, this aromatic, fine-boned Syrah is luscious, spicy and beautifully complex, representing the future of our favourite ‘alternative’ Margaret River red varietal. 


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep purple with blue/black tinge. NOSE An enticing perfume of deep wild forest berry background is complemented by a beautiful lifted spice reminiscent of frankincense. Hints of rooibos tea and floral lavendar notes mingle with savoury hot stone and dry earth aromas. PALATE An electric entrance with vibrant fruit and spice. A serious Syrah with incredible flesh and bone and stalky mineral core, encased in a dusty tannin coat. The fresh yet dry palate texture carries to a lenghty finish with lingering violet and lavender perfumes.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Over the last few years we have been increasing the portions of our more southern, spicy parcels of fruit, as well as the percentage of carbonic maceration and whole bunch fermentation due to the vibrancy, complexity and drinkability these techniques bring to the final wine. A portion of the fruit was carefully tipped into an oak vat as whole bunches. The vat was closed up, filled with CO2 and left untouched for 7 days, causing an enzymatic fermentation in the uncrushed berry. The fruit was then foot stomped and allowed to start wild fermentation. The balance of the fruit was wild fermented as whole berries in Stainless Steel Fermenters with open lid and oxidative handling, after carefully destemming the fruit. The small batches were then pressed to only older French oak barriques and oak vats for 11 months to ensure the wine retained its elegant, fine fruit perfumes. This 2020 release is deep, ripe and strong. Though the fruit is of cool climate character, the warm and dry vintage contributed beautiful fruit intensity and strength of structure.
Production Notes
100% Syrah (Shiraz)
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
5 years (fresh), 5+ years to reveal beautiful aged complexities
Harvest Date
March 2020
French Oak Barrique, 73% 1-6 year old, 27% Oak Vat, 11 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
June 2021
Vintage Notes

2020 was a warm vintage with low yields resulting in good quality. Spring development was early followed by a warm start to summer and continuing into fine sunny, dry conditions throughout the summer months. This, combined with lower yields, brought an early start to harvest. Happily, we experienced minimal bird pressure due to the timely arrival of Marri Blossom and there was no disease pressure. Following the completion of white harvest, a rainfall event in late February provided a timely drink for the reds. Bird pressure increased resulting in the netting of our red varietals. The faster ripening period combined with lower yields led to incredible concentration in our red varietals, with substantial tannins and rich fruit flavour. 

2020 Syrah
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  • "sophisticated, powerful and seriously complex"

    Angus Hughson - The Wine Pilot

    I can not remember enjoying a Margaret River Shiraz more than this vintage from Vasse Felix for a very long time, if ever. Vasse Felix have been increasingly sourcing fruit from the cooler, southern end of the region and it has paid off with a wine that would not be out of place in France’s Northern Rhone Valley. v19

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