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.
2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years;
a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe
in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. There was a warm start to March to finish the white harvest, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.
Wow. Love the aromas of plums, black pepper, cedar and smoked meat. Medium body, soft and integrated tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Friendly and interesting shiraz. Drink now.
A beautifully fragrant, medium-bodied shiraz with succulent raspberry flavours and a gorgeous vein of spice. The black pepper overlay is alluring and stylish, and there is excellent inherent savouriness. A thoughtful and considered drop that will provide much drinking pleasure
"Dense and quite elegant Margaret River shiraz that's taut and linear, with subtle red berry, floral, spice and classy oak flavours. Still very youthful but with obvious cellaring potential. A true thoroughbred ."
As with virtually all off this estate's cuvees, this, too, was fermented under the aegis of ambient yeast, before 11 months maturation in used French wood. The result is infused with a mid-weighted drinkability and cooler climatic shiraz DNA: cardamon, iodine, blue to boysenberry notes, smoked meat and black olive skirt along rails of cracked pepper acidity. A very nice drink, leaner and more aromatic than in the recent past.