Vasse Felix Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia

Item No. 95217
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • JH95
  • WE90
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • JH96
  • ST90

Winemaker's Notes

The 2005 Vasse Felix Shiraz is a deep, dark ruby with black tinges. The wine has a lifted, clean nose showing intense tinned black cherries and fragrant oak perfumes of cinnamon, vanilla and some sutble charry notes. As the wine is allowed to breath, delicate nuances of lavendar and juniper berries appear with hints of licorice and dark chocolate adding further complexity. A rich, juicy palate shows concentrated blackberry tart flavors with some charry notes from the oak used during maturation. The berry fruit flavors carry through the mid-palate with complexity increased by the presence of firm, yet rounded tannins and spicy savory flavors supporting a crisp, clean acidity.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
95 Points

"Vasse Felix's 2005 Shiraz offers up a powerful, pungent blend of stewed fruit, cedar and dried spices, resulting in a wine that impresses more for its power and intensity than its elegance. It’s the right match now with a grilled steak, but should mellow and become more civilized by 2012."
90 Points

"Deep ruby color. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by cola, vanilla bean and baking spices. Dark berries and cherry compote on the palate, with supple tannins adding shape. Picks up cracked pepper and anise nuances on the finish, which offers solid flavor punch without excess weight. "
90 Points

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Learn About Vasse Felix Map ItMap It

Planted in 1967, Vasse Felix was the first vineyard to be established in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. Family owned and operated by the Holmes a Court family, Vasse Felix is internationally recognized as a leading Margaret River winery, restaurant and cellar door and is found in the heart of Margaret River's famous sub-region, Willyabrup. Long growing...

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Learn About Margaret River

Located in the southwest area of Western Australia, the country's largest state, Margaret River wine growing region is on a peninsula jutting out into the Indian Ocean. The climate is reminiscent of Bordeaux in some ways, leading many winemakers to plant grapes of that nature, such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.

Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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