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2016 Classic Dry Red

A soft and sumptuous Margaret River Shiraz. Vasse Felix Classics are fruit-driven, approachable styles that have become some of Australia's most popular everyday classics since their inception in the 1980s.

  • Colour

    Pale ruby to purple hue.


    Blueberries and raspberries burst out in a pretty confectionery lift that is balanced by pastry notes and a deeper earthy quality.


    The wine has a juicy, fresh red plum and raspberry opening with apparent fruit sweetness, balanced by a fine tannin structure. A light, savoury, earthy flavour adds an extra dimension, without intruding on the elegant lines and succulent length.
  • Winemaker's notes

    The individual batches were crushed separately into stainless steel fermentation vessels. They were pressed off skins early to maintain a soft, succulent mouth feel. The resulting wine was matured in barriques for 12 months, with the incorporation of traditional oxidative handling, to soften and round the tannin profile and add further aroma and flavour complexity.
  • Varietals 100% Shiraz
    Alcohol 14.0%
    Cellaring potential Drinks beautifully now, made to enjoy in its youth
    HarvestedMarch - April 2016
    Oak100% French Oak, 12 months (1-5 year old)
    Residual Sugar1.1g/L
    BottledAugust 2017
  • Vintage Description

    Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and bright natural acidity.
2016 Classic Dry Red
Single bottle $19.00
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  • 2016 Classic Dry Red   - Reviews


  • Classically Drinkable Red
    The Wine Front
    Classic Dry Red. Margaret River. In smaller print, on the front label, comes the word: Shiraz. It may well be shiraz but it's a relatively herbal version. It's not unripe or hard; it's fleshy with berries and peppers and cloves, a smoky talk-like character obvious throughout. It's not deep or profound but more importantly, it's not simple. It keeps you both guessing and interested, but in accessible way. It could be called a Classically Drinkable Red. (2014)
    September 2016
  • 92 points
    James Halliday Wine Companion
    Silver - with Special Value
  • 91 points
    Ray Jordan's Top 100 Reds
    The quintessential Classic Dry Red. Hard to fault as a wine at this price. Classy stuff. (2013)

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