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 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+. "
The Wine Advocate
"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.
International Wine Cellar
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.