A classic bright, lightly perfumed and succulent Margaret River Shiraz. Shiraz from this region is characterised by its medium weight, delicious structure with sweetness and power, and fine tannin profile providing great length. This popular, pure-fruit style has been made by Vasse Felix since 1987.
The individual batches were sent as whole berries separately into stainless steel rotating fermentation vessels. In 2017, for the first time, 100% wild yeast was embraced to ferment all of our red batches. Before fermentation kicked off the batches experienced a few days of gentle soak, they were then pressed off when ferment completed. Open top and use of aeration during fermentation helped to promote a clean fruit perfume, soften the tannins and bring vivacity and life to the wine. The wine matured in barriques for 12 months imparting balance, complexity and softness, before being blended with a small amount of Malbec to contribute an additional deep fruit aroma.
Runner-Up Best Value Wine & Best Wine Between $15-$20
A beautiful shiraz that has the stamp of class indelibly imprinted. It's always been a very good wine but this has been refined and repositioned to deliver another level of stylish sophistication. 93 points
A blend of 88% shiraz and 12% malbec, this, too was fermented wild. Impressive given the price tag. A clench of reduction is soon dissolved with air in the glass. Otherwise, purple florals greet the first whiff. Then blue to red fruit allusions all straddle some oaky vanillin, baby back ribs and a skein of peppery acidity careening its way to a nice finish.