Vasse Felix was one of the first Estates to begin making wines under a 'Classic' label in the 1980s. These fruit-focused, approachable, all-occasions wines have a longstanding reputation as two of the most popular and critically-acclaimed of their kind.
Shiraz from this region is characterised by its medium weight, delicious structure with sweetness and power, and fine tannin profile providing great length. This popular, pure-fruit style has been made by Vasse Felix since 1987.
The individual batches were sent as whole berries separately into stainless steel rotating fermentation vessels. In 2017, for the first time, 100% wild yeast was embraced to ferment all of our red batches. Before fermentation kicked off the batches experienced a few days of gentle soak, they were then pressed off when ferment completed. Open top and use of aeration during fermentation helped to promote a clean fruit perfume, soften the tannins and bring vivacity and life to the wine. The wine matured in barriques for 12 months imparting balance, complexity and softness, before being blended with a small amount of Malbec to contribute an additional deep fruit aroma.
Bright ruby red. An enticing blackberry, raspberry and mulberry lift with beautiful spice notes of pepper and a hint of salami. Fresh and full of life. A luscious, soft and delicious entrance is filled with flavours of juicy raspberry pie and a hint of black jelly beans. The satin fruit entrance transitions seamlessly, with the finest soft tannins, to a smooth dry finish with a lingering trace of berry pie.
Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. Established in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, it is situated in the Willyabrup sub region where ancient soils and cooling Southern and Indian Ocean breezes provide ideal conditions for fine wine production. Vasse Felix is owned and operated by the Holmes a Court family. The Vasse Felix winemaking team shares a common goal in crafting wines of exceptional quality from unique vineyard sites. Under the direction of Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock, the objective remains the same today as it did 40 years ago. A precise understanding of local viticulture and environment is coupled with a hands on winemaking approach. The Vasse Felix style shows concentration and complexity while retaining signature elegance and finesse. It is a testament to winemaking and viticultural dedication and attention to detail throughout the year. The revered Vasse Felix Heytesbury wines are produced in limited quantities from a barrel selection of the finest fruit parcels each vintage. Vasse Felix continues to be one of the most highly awarded and visited wineries in Australia.