Vasse Felix Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from Margaret River, Australia
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.
Australian Wine Companion - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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. "
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Vasse Felix Winery
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 seasons, ancient soils and cooling sea breezes from the Southern and Indian Oceans provide the Vasse Felix vineyards with ideal viticultural conditions to craft consistent, elegant and complex wines with pronounced varietal character and aroma. View all Vasse Felix Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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