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2019 Classic Dry Red

A classic bright, lightly perfumed and succulent Margaret River Shiraz, characterised by its medium weight and delicious structure. This wine is an easy drinking, delectable style with light red fruit and a fine tannin profile. 


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright garnet with a purple tinge. NOSE A powerful fruit perfume of dark plum, strawberry and raspberry. Layers of black forest cake and raspberry liquorice open to a hint of fennel seed and gingernut biscuit. PALATE Vibrant dark cherry fruit explodes on the palate, accompanied by a lovely tangy freshness which carries this medium bodied wine to a soft dry tannin finish.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The individual batches were sent separately, as whole berries, into stainless steel rotating fermentation vessels and fermented with 100% wild yeast. The batches experienced a few days of gentle soak before fermentation began, and were pressed off once complete. Open top fermenters 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 to impart balance, complexity and softness, before being blended with a small amount of Malbec to contribute an additional deep fruit aroma.
Production Notes
98% Shiraz, 2% Malbec
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Best enjoyed on release to 4 years
Harvest Date
Mid March – Mid April 2019
French oak barrique, 3-6 year old, 12 months average
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
August 2020
Vintage Notes

A cool, high-humidity start to vintage meant we benefited greatly from precise canopy management to mitigate disease pressure and optimise sun exposure for the fruit. The success of this program enabled us to harvest ripe, clean fruit with slightly lower alcohol and great natural acidity. Mild conditions allowed for extended ripening, creating beautiful aromatics and fine ripe tannins in our reds. Marri Blossom was non-existent throughout the region in 2019, resulting in the largest netting program ever seen at Vasse Felix to protect the fruit from bird damage. Overall, a labour intensive vintage that resulted in beautiful quality fruit.

2019 Classic Dry Red
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  • 93 points + Special Value Rating

    2022 Halliday Wine Companion - Erin Larkin

    This is delicious. Juicy, bright and vibrant, with ripe tannins and good length of flavour. All things in place, and pretty irresistible at the price.

  • Finalist - Best of Value Red Wine

    Vintage Cellars

    Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon dominate this lean, dry blend showing plum, spice rack and Old Jamacian chocolate. Nicely structured, with plenty of earthy tanins.

  • 'juicy and fruit-forward'

    Cambridge Wine Blogger

    Vasse Felix Margaret River Shiraz, juicy and fruit-forward with slightly stewed wild raspberry, cassis, black cherry and plum with oaky vanilla spice. Supple, with rounded, harmonious tannins and saline minerality. Gains complexity with significant aeration. Good. Match with grilled lamb chops and harissa.

  • 91 Points

    Winepilot - Ray Jordan

    In many ways this challenging vintage has suited this style of wine rather well. It’s resulted in a less opulent style, although there’s still plenty of fruit intensity, but there is also a dry savoury dried herby character that adds a degree of sophistication to balance the primary fruit. Excellent balance and poise with a neat underlay of oak.

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