Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2009
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
Margaret River Chardonnay has developed a strong reputation and following throughout the world. Vasse Felix has developed a more modern style of Chardonnay, embracing the fruit, some solids in the juice and the natural yeast from the vineyard. We do not stimulate malo-lactic fermentation which in turn results in greater preservation of the natural acids from the vineyard. The fruit is picked earlier to also help preserve the natural acids and keep the alcohol lower, resulting in a tighter, more refreshing style of Chardonnay. Additional complexities are gained from barrel fermentation and lees' stirring which also helps to build texture.
The 2009 Vasse Felix Chardonnay is pale straw in colour with a bright green hue. It has complex, fragrant aromas with lovely biscuit characters and hints of lemon and subtle vanilla. The oak is beautifully integrated, sitting perfectly with the perfume of fine Margaret River Chardonnay. The wine arrives vibrant and fresh on the palate, with a beautiful silky texture and hints of citrus, stone fruit and biscuit stretching fine and long through the palate. The wine finishes with fresh acidity and subtle hints of spicy oak. The 2010 release is long, textured and a beautiful example of Margaret River Chardonnay. This release is ready to be enjoyed now and will continue to develop further complexity and richness if cellared carefully over the next 3 - 5 years.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Chardonnay has moderately intense aromas of green guava, fresh pineapple, peach blossom and butterscotch with a subtle leesy/fresh baked bread character. Very crisp and tight-knit in the mouth this medium bodied wine has a great concentration of tropical fruit and cream flavors, silken texture and a long finish. Drink it from 2012 to 2016+. "
International Wine Cellar - "Light yellow-gold. Complex nose displays tropical fruits, pear and white flowers, with subtle toastiness and a touch of anise. Juicy, palate-coating pineapple and orchard fruit flavors show very good intensity and are nicely braced by a note of bitter lime. Finishes smooth and long, with resonating spiciness. "
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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1 rating, 1 with reviewgwendolyn - Oakland, CA42/16/2011You'd never know this Chardonnay saw oak, except for the lovely mouthfeel. No malo on this wine leads to fresh stone fruits (apple, pear), "crunchy" acidity, excellent finish. A very crisp and bright Chardonnay - one that reminds you what the grape is all about.
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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