Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia

$19.99
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Item No. 110920
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
  • RP91
  • ST90
  • W&S90
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: 12.8%

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

The 2010 Vasse Felix Chardonnay is a brilliant straw color. It has a fragrant, elevated perfume capturing citrus blossom and meadow flowers, fresh orange zest and hints of peach. It also shows some complex almond and vanilla aromas with subtle, yet enticing lightly toasted French oak wound delicately into the bouquet. It is a great expression of pristine and distinctly regional Margaret River Chardonnay.

The wine arrives vibrant and fresh on the palate, with generous white peach and citrus flavors dominating alongside lemon meringue and crushed biscuit nuances. A crisp and defined acid line draws fruit character through a long and refreshing finish, also serving to highlight the fine thread of spice that lingers on the palate. This release of Vasse Felix Chardonnay is true to form with vibrancy, delicacy and mouthwatering length.

Critical Acclaim

"Barrel fermented with wild yeast in French oak, 34% new, and matured for 10 months in oak, the 2010 Chardonnay offers a youthfully closed nose of fresh peaches and cream, cedar, lightly toasted bread and apple tart. Medium bodied and packed with nervy flavor intensity in the mouth, it has crisp acidity and a silken texture, finishing long with lingering honeyed toast notes. Still very tight, consider drinking it 2012 to 2016+."
91 Points

"Light yellow. Nectarine and lemon curd on the nose, with complicating notes of smoky lees and white flowers. Spicy, gently sweet orchard fruit flavors show very good depth and clarity, picking up a toasty note on the back half. Finishes broad and smooth, with the nectarine and spice notes repeating. This is already delicious but its depth suggests it will reward aging. "
90 Points

"A quiet wine built on flavors of apple, honey and almonds, this is sweet even as it finishes clean. It has an Indian Ocean freshness and impressive persistence of flavor for the price. Chill it for grilled abalone."
90 Points

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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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