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2019 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.

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep purple with blue/black tinge. NOSE An exciting and exuberant perfume of rich raspberry compote is complemented by earthy, subtle notes of meaty coppa and bresola, and hints of spices including saffron, cloves, dried chilli and licorice. PALATE A pure, spicy and juicy Syrah with incredible weight, almost elevating off the palate. Succulent and fresh with vibrant, cleansing tannins, the finish is dry but not drying, leaving rosewater purity.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES In a beautifully cool season, our finest Shiraz sections were selected for special handling in the Winery. Over the last few years we have been increasing the portions 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, 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 wild fermented, with 10% in Open Top and the remainder in Stainless Steel Roto Fermenters with open lid and oxidative handling, after carefully destemming the fruit, without crushing, to ensure gentle whole berry fermentation without stems. The wine was pressed to older French Oak Barriques for only 10 months to ensure the wine retains its elegant, fine fruit perfumes.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Shiraz
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
14
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
5 years (fresh), 5+ years to reveal beautiful aged complexities
Harvested:
Harvest Date
April 2019
Oak:
Fermentation
French Oak Barrique, 100% 1-6 year old, 10 months
TA:
Acid
6.2g/L
pH:
pH
3.57
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.61g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
May 2020
Vintage Notes
2019

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 Shiraz
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Reviews
  • 95 points

    The Wine Pilot - Angus Hughson

    I can not remember enjoying a Margaret River Shiraz more than this vintage from Vasse Felix for a very long time, if ever. Vasse Felix have been increasingly sourcing fruit from the cooler, southern end of the region and it has paid off with a wine that would not be out of place in France’s Northern Rhone Valley. Deeply coloured, this is a sophisticated, powerful and seriously complex example of Australian cool climate shiraz. Gently aromatic charcuterie, white pepper, cloves, cranberry, iron filings and earthy notes are immediately impressive, with older oak sitting just underneath. The palate is more serious with an intense core of dark, spicy fruits wound up tight by firm acidity and mouth coating tannins before a long and tight finish. It is a little sinewy and firm right now, as many great cool climate Syrah begin their life, but, have no fear, this wine will build more flesh over time to reward your patience.

  • 94 points

    2022 Halliday Wine Companoin - Erin Larkin

    This is all about sunshine and shade; yin and yang. The fruit is both bright and red (vibrant and juicy), but it has shades of midnight depth and broodiness, too. It is fragrant, floral, spicy, satisfying and modern. The oak has been sensitively managed and as a result, is already integrated. Super-smart stuff.

  • 95 points

    Fine Wine Club - Barry Weinmann

    Fine, elegant and refined with superb cool-climate fruit on show. The fruit is very pretty, but the textural, savoury notes elevate this to another level. Seamless and supple, the feathery tannins build on the finish adding depth. Age-worthy and good value.

  • 92 Points

    Huon Hook

    Vivid purple colour with concentrated, essency white-pepper, spice and red-berry fruit aromas. The wine is attractively flavoured and quite intense, the tannins present but balanced, supple and gently grainy, drying the finish nicely. White pepper aromas and flavours came through more and more. A very elegant and quite fragrant medium-bodied shiraz.

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