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Vasse Felix

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2016 Shiraz

Although our commitment to Shiraz is historic - with the oldest Shiraz vines in Margaret River - the Vasse Felix Shiraz style is modern, cool climate elegance. Wild fermented in small batches, the wine's complexity is deep and true to its unique environment. Only the highest grade vineyard sections make this fine, small volume Shiraz.

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright red with purple hue. NOSE A bright fragrance with raspberry, exotic floral notes, musk, mint and 'old spice' talc, supported by spicy savoury undertones of red, white and green pepper crusted steak. PALATE A soft and delicate entrance with juicy acid freshness hinting at red berry coulis and apricot yoghurt. Finishing with fine talc like tannins and a lingering waft of spicy mint.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The finest Shiraz sections of our vineyards are selected for special handling in the Winery. Over the last few years we have been increasing the percentage of carbonic maceration and whole bunch fermentation due to the brightness and spicy complexity it brings to the final wine. A portion of the fruit was carefully tipped into an oak vat as whole bunches. The vat was closed up and filled with CO2 without a berry being touched for 7 days, causing an enzymatic fermentation in the uncrushed berry. The fruit was then foot stomped and allowed to start natural fermentation. The balance of the fruit was fermented in small vineyard sections with only wild yeast, after carefully destemming the fruit, without crushing, to ensure gentle whole berry fermentation without stems. The fermented wine was pressed to older French Oak Barriques for only 11 months to ensure the wine retains its elegant fine fruit perfumes.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Shiraz
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
14.0
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Now until 2022
Harvested:
Harvest Date
March 2016
Oak:
Fermentation
French Oak Barrique, 1-6 year old, 11 months
TA:
Acid
6.15g/L
pH:
pH
3.60
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.29g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
May 2017
Vintage Notes
2016

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 Shiraz
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Reviews
  • "distinguished line of shiraz over the years"

    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. (2014 vintage)

  • "Everything is in neat order"

    The Wine Front - Campbell Mattinson

    Everything is in neat order with this Margaret River shiraz. There's not a hair out of place here. The fruit is ripe, the tannin is supple, the spice notes are tucked in neatly and oak has been managed just-so. Acidity is in check too. We move logically and consistently at every point along the palate, the flavours eventually flowing freely through the fine mesh of tannin. Medium-weight red, black and red berries, squeaky clean, done very well. (2015 vintage)

  • 9.2/10

    Daily Examiner - Max Crus

    You'd rather have a bottle of Vasse Felix than a bottle of vas deferens, so make sure your doctor get's the prescription right.

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