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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
94
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
94
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
95
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
93
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
95
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
92
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
93
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
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Ripe black cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit; supple palate; controlled oak and extract.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
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
92

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