Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2007
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
The 2007 Chardonnay is a bright straw with green tinges. The aroma has a vibrant almost pungent perfume with great complexity. Fruit forward with nuances of orange peel, apple pie with cloves, peach jam and cinnamon like spicy French oak and subtle hints of almond meal. The palate is firm with fresh acid upfront and a central supple core of rich Chardonnay fruit. The mouth feel is full and intense with spicy apple and custard flavors. The finish is warm with light oak tannins finishing the wine dry with the perfumed fruit yeast and oak complexities lingering.
Wine Spectator - "Generous, balanced and appealing for its orange-scented pear and spice flavors, lingering effectively on the polished finish. Drink now through 2013."
Australian Wine Companion - "Vibrant colour; lively grapefruit aroma with a hint of oak and spice; good depth and weight, and very clean and even on the finish."
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 Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, 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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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