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2014 Shiraz

This wine is made primarily from the oldest Shiraz vines in Margaret River and is fermented in small batches and matured in French barriques. Margaret River Shiraz is a delicate and structured style with elegance and finesse.

 

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Red with purple hue NOSE Complex and restrained, the aroma shows fine fresh raspberry and dark Mulberry, with hints of rose cream set in a deep savoury bed of forest mushroom. PALATE A fine medium bodied entrance leads to a soft, rich lively fruit with savoury complexities and a clean, granite-like dry finish with lingering fruit fragerance.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Each small section of 2014 Shiraz was vinified and matured separately. Natural fermentation, maceration and aeration were combined in such a way as to ensure the gentlest extraction of colour, tannins and the truest expression of fruit. This year for the first time two batches totalling 4.5% of the blend were fermented using Carbonic Maceration and finished with wild fermentation on skins. Following 16 months maturation in new and old French oak barriques, each batch underwent a rigorous appraisal process to identify the best small parcels to come together to make a complex medium weight Shiraz.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Shiraz
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
14.5
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Great now and for up to 10 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
Late March - early April 2014
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French Oak 16 months (12% new, 88% 1-4 year old)
TA:
Acid
6.7g/L
pH:
pH
3.55
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.48g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
October 2015
Vintage Notes
2014

VINTAGE DESCRIPTION

Another text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in Spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent.

2014 Shiraz
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Reviews
  • 95 points

    Ray Jordan's Top 100 Reds

    Vasse Felix is best known for its cabernets yet it has some great old-vine shiraz and with the result you get wines like this. Clearly one of the best they have made in a distinguished line of shiraz over the years. Aromatics with dusty savoury plum and a sprinkle of earth with grainy chewy tannins balancing the fruit.

  • 92 Points

    Halliday Wine Companion - James Halliday

    There's no doubt shiraz deserves its place in the warmer parts of Margaret River, even if it were to limit the opportunities for new cabernet plantings. This medium-bodied wine is supple, long and well balanced, with black cherry fruits to the fore, backed by spicy, savoury tannins and a waft of oak.

  • Complex and Restrained

    Margaret River Shiraz offers gentle fruit characters, a juicy palate and soft, textured tannins with refreshing natural acidity. This is the signature Shiraz of Vasse Felix and made primarily from the Estate's 1967 Shiraz vines.

  • 94 Points

    Wine Companion

    Silver Medal. Drink to 2027 (2013 Vintage)

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