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.
The Wine AdvocateBarrel 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+.
International Wine CellarLight 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.
Wine & SpiritsA 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.
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