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.