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2021 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.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright ruby with a purple tinge. NOSE An elegant, bright, fragrant, fresh style with juicy cherry, raspberry and red liquorice. Background notes of cinnamon stick, star anise and a sweet earthiness. PALATE A rich, juicy palate with medium weight and fine tannins. Dark plum and pomegranate flavours with a lovey chilli chocolate sensation on the finish.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The individual batches were destemmed and sent as whole berries to stainless steel static or rotating fermenters. 100% wild yeast was allowed to ferment the batches. They take a few days to start giving a gentle soak before fermentation kicks off and then pressed when fermentation complete. Open top and access to air during fermentation helps to promote a clean fruit perfume, soften the tannins and bring so much 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

A year of peculiar weather where our commitment to organic viticulture was vital to the successful growth of quality, balanced fruit. A cool and wet spring prompted the need for an intense leaf plucking program to mitigate disease risk. Luckily, December and January were warm and dry. Canopy management was a priority throughout February and March to combat unusually warm and moist conditions. A rainfall event in early February provided a timely drink for the red varietals, followed by warm weather which was ideal for the Chardonnay to achieve ripeness. A second rainfall incident in early March was followed by sunny and breezy conditions to dry off the fruit for healthy ripening. With our judicious canopy management and a crop of naturally resilient grapes, we are pleased to say that fantastic quality fruit was ripened and harvested with little-to-no disease in our vineyards. 

2021 Filius Shiraz
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  • 93 Points

    WA Wine Review - Ray Jordan

    I reckon a little extra time in bottle has brought this shiraz around to a point of superb drinking. Love the palate weight which is in the medium zone. There's a mix of dried herbs across the dark fruit combination. A seamless and yet focused palate with fine chalky tannis and a lick of oak that doesn't compromise the fruit.

  • 93 Points

    Wine Companion - Erin Larkin

    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!

  • 93 Points

    Wine Companion - Jane Faulkner

    Could there be any more spice packed into this? It’s a soul-like expression of cinnamon, pepper, fenugreek, cloves and … OK let’s stop there. All that is complemented by a wave of dark fruit, texture and richness of flavour. Lots of tannins but shapely and ripe. An impressive wine.

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