A result of trials with wild fermentation and whole bunch carbonic maceration to reinvigorate our Shiraz style. The exclusive use of older French Oak during maturation has allowed this delicate fruit to shine, bringing brightness and energy to the wine. Unfined and unfiltered, we've bottled off only a few cases of this wine under the Black Label range. The balance of this trial lies within the Vasse Felix Shiraz.
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.
Wow! Such attractive whole-bunch and whole-berry aromas here, showing dark berries, plums and chocolate. Blueberries and violets, too. The palate has succulent, vivid red and dark plums, swathed in vibrant tannins. Spiced chocolate to close. Utterly delicious. Drink in the next six years. Screw cap
"layered, fine and spicy"
Margaret River shiraz is a wonderful thing when approached this way. Left to fend for themselves for 8 days, whole bunches were carefully emptied into an oak vat, closed up and blanketed in CO2 – thus the beginning and execution of carbonic maceration. This technique elevates the aromatics and colour, and the inclusion of whole bunches contributes tannins and structure (of a very specific kind). The grapes were then foot stomped, fermented wild and pressed to barrel where they lay quietly for 7 months. The nose is pretty much bursting with poached raspberry, black spice, salted licorice, anise, hints of clove… all with a blue gravel edge to the abundant berries that throw themselves around the glass. In the mouth it’s layered, fine and spicy, and the tannins occupy a very fine space. There is structure and tension and while all the flavours say sweet, this is a savoury little number. Another yes. The tannins got me… they’re both pliable and suggestive.