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.
"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
"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."
"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. "
International Wine Cellar