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2020 Filius Shiraz

A graceful and modern Margaret River Shiraz with lively dark berry fruit, subtle earthiness and a plush, medium-bodied palate. Crafted from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards, with a focus on our cooler climate, southern Margaret River fruit.


EOI for 2021 Filius Shiraz

Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright maroon with a purple tinge. NOSE Elegant, bright, fragrant and fresh, the perfume is a delightful mix of cherry and plum, floral plum blossom, roast beetroot and earthy hints of wet clay. PALATE A smooth, polished entrance, with medium weight and fine tannins. An almost sweet cinnamon dryness gives way to lingering notes of satsuma plum and roast beetroot.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The individual batches were destemmed and sent as whole berries to stainless steel static and rotating fermenters for wild fermentation. After a few days gentle soak, fermentation kicked off; the use of open top and aeration helping to promote a clean fruit perfume, soften the tannins and bring life to the wine. The resulting wines were matured in older French oak for 13 months prior to blending, with limited racking to help preserve the delicate wild characters captured in this low intervention approach.
Production Notes
100% Shiraz
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Fresh on release, 5 years to reveal beautiful aged complexities
Harvest Date
Late February - Mid March 2020
French Oak Barrique, 100% 3-6 year old, 13 months average
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
August 2021
Vintage Notes

2020 was a warm vintage with low yields resulting in good quality. Spring development was early followed by a warm start to summer and continuing into fine sunny, dry conditions throughout the summer months. This, combined with lower yields, brought an early start to harvest. Happily, we experienced minimal bird pressure due to the timely arrival of Marri Blossom and there was no disease pressure. Following the completion of white harvest, a rainfall event in late February provided a timely drink for the reds. Bird pressure increased resulting in the netting of our red varietals. The faster ripening period combined with lower yields led to incredible concentration in our red varietals, with substantial tannins and rich fruit flavour. 

2020 Filius Shiraz
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  • 93 Points

    Wine Companion - Erin Larkin

    100% whole-berry wild ferment, matured for 13 months in seasoned oak. New to the Filius family, the shiraz bursts onto the scene from a vintage that birthed effortless, delicious, gorgeous wines. Shiraz in particular was outstanding in ‘21. This is structured and spicy, but it is also supple, pliable and super-juicy: a bounty of red and pink fruits are overlaid with careful winemaking detail, all of it laced together with fine tannins. Powdery and beautiful. Yes!

  • 91 Points

    Winepilot - Angus Hughson

    Margaret River can be a good hunting ground for Shiraz drinkers looking for more subtle but still full flavoured red wines without quite the kick seen in many South Australian examples. The Filius Shiraz from 2020 certainly delivers that with its quite deep colour which is amply supported by fleshy blackberry, cola, clove and black pepper spices. There is good mouthfilling richness and levels of flavour to follow, particularly blackberry and mulberry, in a mid-weight package. There is also attractive balancing tannins underneath which will provide good support for the next five years. Enjoy with seared lamb backstraps. Drink: 2021 - 2025

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