The 2008 Vasse Felix Chardonnay is pale straw in color with a bright green tinge. The aroma is fresh, with fragrant hints of lemon and lime, white peach and honeydew. Subtle, complex aromas of yeast character and apple cinnamon and clove are imparted partly from the French oak. A vibrant palate with fresh, crisp acidity hints at a more modern style of Australian Chardonnay. The flavors are clean, fresh and subtle; however a lovely underlying complexity exists with savory elements from the portion of natural ferment and new French oak. The wine finishes long and clean with hints of oak spice and fresh citrus and stone fruit.
"Vasse Felix’s 2008 Chardonnay is a remarkable value. It was partially wild yeast fermented and 86% of the wine was aged in French oak, 42% new on its lees with batonnage. It delivers a bouquet of toast, biscotti, baked apple, and tropical notes. This is followed by an intensely flavored, elegant Chardonnay with superb balance and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. It offers outrageous bang for the buck."
The Wine Advocate
"Lively and fresh stone fruit and grapefruit aromas and flavours are given emphasis by the low alcohol, oak largely incidental. Screwcap."
Australian Wine Companion