Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia

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Item No. 108387
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP91
  • ST90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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+. "
91 Points

"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. "
90 Points

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gwendolyn - Oakland, CA (read all my reviews)

You'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.
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Learn About Vasse Felix Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Margaret River

Located in the southwest area of Western Australia, the country's largest state, Margaret River wine growing region is on a peninsula jutting out into the Indian Ocean. The climate is reminiscent of Bordeaux in some ways, leading many winemakers to plant grapes of that nature, such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.

Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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