Shiraz Malbec Margaret River Western Australia
Vasse Felix construct a vigorous Shiraz of considerable depth, concentration and solid structure whilst retaining elegance and finesse. Careful fruit selection and an astute use of oak achieve balance and complexity. One of the most satisfying examples of West Australian Shiraz, stylish and distinctively regional. Vasse Felix has the oldest Shiraz vines on the cape, while several slightly younger blocks provide an understated finesse and elegance that is so often lost in the rush to create a Margaret River Shiraz of opulence and power.
The oldest vines in Margaret River contribute the backbone of fruit. Small batch fermentation ensures the character of these precious old vines is preserved in the final wine. Grapes are crushed into fermentation vessels, vinification, macerations and aeration are combined in a way to ensure the gentlest extraction of colour, tannins and true expression of fruit. Each parcel is separately handled and matured. After sixteen months in a selection of new and seasoned French oak barriques, each barrel is rigorously appraised to identify the best of the best. In some years, Malbec is assembled into the final wine to contribute pristine blackberry fruit, exotic spice and structural complexity.
Deep red with purple hue. Layers of stunning plum and blackberry fruit support intriguing notes of roasted peppercorn, musk and smoke. Gentle oak provides subtle hints of toasty vanilla and toffee. Rich and fleshy, with wonderful fruit and fresh acidity. Intense blueberry and blackberry combines with creamy vanillan oak, soft powdery tannins and zesty acidity to create an opulent and invigorating wine of great purity.