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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.


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.
Production Notes
100% Shiraz
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2022
Harvest Date
March 2016
French Oak Barrique, 1-6 year old, 11 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
May 2017
Vintage Notes


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.

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  • 94 points

    Tyson Stelzer - WBM

    One of the most elegant, effortless and articulate under this lauded label yet, this is quintessential Margaret River Shiraz that fuses fine-ground, gravelly tannins seamlessly with compact, crunchy blackberry fruit and the lifted allure of black cherries. Classy, ageworthy and, for all it represents, great value. 14%

  • 90 points

    The Real Review - Huon Hooke

    Deep red/purple colour, with bright, youthful spice and red fruit aromas, very charming and attractive. A trace of smoky char oak. The wine is medium-bodied and soft-tannined, savoury and pleasantly drying on the finish. Good balance and ready drinkability.

  • 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.

  • "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)

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