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2015 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.



Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep purple maroon NOSE Fruit and savoury elements are beautifully lifted, with dark plum, juniper berry, smoked chillies, a touch of leather and an inviting note of fruit and nut chocolate. PALATE So soft and juicy on the palate, easy and delicious with very soft acidity and remarkably soft, fine tannins. The flavours are clean with fresh plums and plum sauce with a lovely fruit and nut chocolate carrying.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS 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.
Production Notes
99% Shiraz, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now, best enjoyed in its youth.
Harvest Date
Late March 2015
100% French oak, 12 months
6.45 g/L
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.57 g/L
Bottling Date
September 2016
Vintage Notes


Mild conditions in Margaret River with no extreme weather conditions, allowing for balanced fruit and a slow and steady intake. There was no disease pressure and fruit quality is excellent the only disappointment was yields being down across the Region for all key varieties. This was the outcome of storms in spring and pressure from an increase in the local population of Silver Eyes (birds) and no Marri Blossom.

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  • 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)

  • 92 Points

    James Halliday Wine Companion

    Silver - with Special Value

  • 91 Points

    Ray Jordan's Top 100 Red Wines

    The quintessential Classic Dry Red. Hard to fault as a wine at this price. Classy stuff. (2013)

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