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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2009
Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 108387)
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The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

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.

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About Vasse Felix:

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.