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2013 Vasse Felix Shiraz

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Vasse Felix have kicked plenty of goals with their chardonnays, and now this ripe, juicy shiraz is hot on their trail. It's a bit fuller-bodied than previous vintages, and shows lots of cassis, red currant, white pepper and ground spices on the nose that are highly attractive. The palate is very juicy and fruity, with compact dark fruit flavours, licks of toast and meatiness, some fine and taut tannins, and a poised spicy finish. This will live for another 5 years or so, but would be great tonight with some venison sausages and creamy mash potato.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is made primarily from the oldest Shiraz vines in Margaret River and is fermented in small batches and matured in French barriques. Margaret River Shiraz is a delicate and structured style with elegance and finesse.

Appearance: Red with a purple hue

Nose: Beautiful fresh leather, continental meat and earthy stone-like characters up front, then opens to delicious plum tart, raspberry, rhubarb and spicy juniper berry fragrance and a deep mushroom complexity

Palate: A succulent, luscious entrance with fine plum leather fruit strap, uncooked fruit cake and spice holding the intensity, with a clean fine fresh acidity and dry savoury tannin finish which defines our old vine Margaret River style

Cellaring: Drinks beautifully now, will reward over next 10 years

Alc/vol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

2013 Vasse Felix Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Peppery, musky and briary aromas of red berries and smoky cedar/vanilla oak are backed by minty, spicy, menthol-like notes. Smooth and supple, complex and polished, it's medium in weight, with a moderately intense forward presence of red berries and redcurrants. It becomes slight short and sappy, finishing with greenish edges and without great conviction.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
With plenty of rich, meaty and slightly jammy flavours of blackberries, mulberries and dark plums, this is a generously oaked but rather green-edged shiraz whose depth of fruit and smart chocolatey oak cannot conceal its more herbaceous undertones. Its fruit is slightly sour-edged, its tannins a little angular and it finishes with a slightly salty minerality.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Margaret River is renowned for its cabernet sauvignon and associated blends, but if any of the region's shiraz wines might buck that trend it's that of Vasse Felix (well, and Voyager Estate's too). Arguably too much oak input but there you have it. It's a very high quality wine. Some shaving-foam like fragrance and flavour from oak, pepper, boysenberry, a little char, and dark chocolate. It's got lots of rich, deep, sweet fruit impact and a sense of both confidence and vigour. Dry, spicy, savoury finish - and impeccable length. In the end we concluded that it's pretty bloody good.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Quite a cool wine, with red fruits framed bypepper and some green herbs; good weight and structure, but the fruit pulls up alittle short.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Richly fruited with green-edged undertones, this slightly sour-edged shiraz reveals moderately intense, floral, spicy and slightly meaty aromas of blackberries, dark plums and polished oak. The same oak smooths over its slightly edgy, awkward palate whose dark fruit and chocolate-like flavours finish slightly awkward and salty.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Much riper and sweeter than the cabernet of the same vintage. This carries some vanillin oak flavour, though it's characterised by its peppery highlights, its slightly murky cherry-plummed flavours doing their best to put on a happy face. Ripe tannin and pretty good drinking, all up.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Vivid purple-red; an elegant, spicy mix of black and red fruits plus a dash of chocolate; fine, silky, smooth mouthfeel, the tannins perfectly ripe and balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Ripe and meaty, with bright red cherry, blackberry and tomato-like fruit backed by sweet smoky oak, suggestions of menthol and spice, plus leafy, herbal nuances. Full to medium in weight, it's oaky and dark-fruited, but lacks genuine length and focus.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
It pushes the boundaries at fifteen per cent alcohol but the wine shows no signs of excessive heat - indeed the opposite. It tastes balanced and charming. 2005 RELEASE Glassy shiraz in anyone's language. Clean, solid, structured and enticing. Violet-like fragrance leads to layered flavours of blackberry, leather, malt, menthol, toast and ink, a ripple of ripe tannin running from the mid-palate onwards. It's a substantial wine, DRINK 2010-2018.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Much more weight, density and structure than most Margaret River shiraz, and confounds the critics who decried the Jindong subregion; plum, blackberry and spice, augmented by the astute use of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A modern, intensely varietal, almost exaggerated shiraz with a vibrant, peppery and slightly tomatoey aromas of spicy red berries and plums backed by lightly toasty mocha/vanilla oak. Elegant and tightly structured, its pristine and spicy palate of opulent small berry, plum and cassis flavour has a wild, almost feral aspect. Neatly bound about a fine spine of pliant tannins, it finishes with a salty, mineral note.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Strong colour; rich, full-bodied marriage of black fruits, licorice and oak; soft but ample tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
An elegant and moderately full bodied shiraz with fruit and oak aplenty. Its heady, spicy aromas of violets, cassis and raspberries are backed by lightly smoky vanilla/mocha oak. There's a tomato-like and herbal note around the palate's sweet red and black berry flavours plus a metallic edge to its tannins. Finishes with peppery fruit and a hint of menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Very stylish, well-made wine with a musky perfume of violets, slightly meaty and overcooked dark cherries, plums, raspberries and cassis. There's also a hint of tomato, which is also present on its long, firm and moderately concentrated palate. Revealing a generous depth of fruit, good integration and balance, it has elegance and fineness aplenty.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Elegant, medium-bodied; fine black cherry fruit; fine tannins and cedar oak; a touch of austerity.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Ripe black cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit; supple palate; controlled oak and extract.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
This has been a show stopped for Vasse for many years now, winning medal after medal. Clive Otto appears to have reined back the oak with compelling impact. IT allows the powerful fruit flavours to show more dominance, while losing nothing in the overall structure and palate depth. Excellent wine tat will be great over the next few years.
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; there is plenty of dusty/vanilla oak on the bouquet and palate, so much so that the earthy/oaky characters unduly dominate the wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; raw oak sits on top of the fruit on the bouquet and likewise the palate; there is fruit there but it is very difficult to imagine it will ever stand up to the oak
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; sweet oak is the first impression on the bouquet, and likewise on the palate, with sweet milkshake oak flavours. Shiraz fruit is hiding there somewhere, but really the oak is severely overdone.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a rich and complex bouquet with abundantly lush and ripe fruit, though lots of oak influence evident. A wine with lots of flavour and character in a no-holds-barred show style; blackberry fruit is touched by spice and surrounded by vanillin oak.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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