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2014 Vasse Felix Margaret River 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 medium-bodied, 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 purple hue.

Nose: Complex and restrained, the aroma shows fine fresh raspberry and dark mulberry, with hints of rose cream set in a deep savoury bed of forest mushroom.

Palate: A fine medium bodied entrance leads to a soft, rich lively fruit with savoury complexities and a clean, granite-like dry finish with lingering fruit fragrance.

Winemaker Comments: Each small section of 2014 Shiraz was vinified and matured separately. Natural fermentation, maceration and aeration were combined in such a way as to ensure the gentlest extraction of colour, tannins and the truest expression of fruit. This year for the first time two batches totalling 4.5% of the blend were fermented using Carbonic Maceration and finished with wild fermentation on skins. Following 16 months maturation in new and old French oak barriques, each batch underwent a rigorous appraisal process to identify the best small parcels to come together to make a complex medium weight Shiraz.

Vintage Description: Another text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent.

Cellaring: Great now and for up to 10 years.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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