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2017 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, ruby garnet. NOSE Uplifted raspberry and rose stem mingle with very spicy notes of liquorice, black pepper and cinnamon bark. Subtle hints of parsley, fennel and Thai basil enhance this complex and intensely fragrant perfume. PALATE Vibrant, refreshing and moreish, the palate shows lifted fresh raspberry with spicy red berry coulis tang, black pepper and purple basil flavours. It finishes light and dry with a lingering perfume.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES In a beautifully mild to cool season, our finest Shiraz sections of our vineyards were selected for special handling in the Winery. Over the last few years we have been increasing the portion of our more southern spicy parcels of fruit, as well as the percentage of carbonic maceration and whole bunch fermentation due to the vibrancy, complexity and drinkability these techniques bring 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 and left untouched for 7 days, causing an enzymatic fermentation in the uncrushed berry. The fruit was then foot stomped and allowed to start wild fermentation. The balance of the fruit was fermented in small 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 retained its elegant, fine fruit perfumes.
Production Notes
100% Shiraz
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2023
Harvest Date
March 2017
French Oak Barrique, 1-6 year old, 11 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
May 2018
Vintage Notes

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.

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  • 94 points

    James Suckling

    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.

  • 94 points

    Toni Paterson - The Real Review

    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 pleasureĀ 

  • 93 points

    Bob Campbell - The Real Review

    "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 ."

  • 92 points

    James Halliday Wine Companion 2020

    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.

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