An exciting new tempo for Margaret River's alternative red; to find out more read on or watch the video below.
Always challenging the conventions of regional style, our winemakers have been on a mission to invigorate Margaret River Shiraz over the last decade with their progressive ‘Syrah Project’. Through ongoing small-batch winemaking trials of wild yeast fermentation, small format carbonic-maceration and a reduction of oak, they unearthed wine parcels of enticing vivacity, restraint and depth. Bright with pepper, spice and vibrant blue fruit; surprisingly cool climate and endlessly captivating, many would say, more ‘Syrah’ than ‘Shiraz.’
In recent vintages, the Premier Shiraz style began getting ‘cooler’ and fruit resourcing started heading that way too. 2020 was a revelation, where the Shiraz grapes selected came primarily from Vasse Felix’s Boodjidup Vineyard, south of Margaret River, breaking away from a Wilyabrup heritage. In the south, ripening is gentle and fruit is finessed, for a sophisticated, tangy and electric expression. Thus, this vintage, Vasse Felix Shiraz is retitled, ‘Syrah’. Syrah represents what we believe to be the future of Margaret River’s ‘alternative’ red varietal, and of our Premier expresson at Vasse Felix. At this same time, we introduce Filius Shiraz, a contemporary, delectable ‘son of’ this house style, with the immanent drinkability of Filius label.
More information and tasting notes for the 2020 Syrah are available here.