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Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

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.

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Australian Wine Companion

Lively and fresh stone fruit and grapefruit aromas and flavours are given emphasis by the low alcohol, oak largely incidental. Screwcap.

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Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix

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Vasse Felix, , Australia
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.

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Formerly associated with inexpensive bulk wine but dramatically shifting focus from quantity to quality...

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Formerly associated with inexpensive bulk wine but dramatically shifting focus from quantity to quality, Argentina is the most important wine-producing country in South America. Certainly excellent values abound here still, but increases in vineyard investment, improved winery technology, and a commitment to innovation since the late 20th century have contributed to the country’s burgeoning image as a producer of great wines at all price points. The climate here is diverse but generally continental and agreeable, with hot, dry summers and cold snowy winters—a positive, as snow melt from the Andes Mountains can be used to irrigate vineyards. Grapes very rarely have any difficulty achieving full ripeness.

Mendoza, a large and famous region responsible for more than 70% of Argentina’s wine production, is further divided into several sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Red wines dominate here, especially Malbec, the country’s star variety, while Chardonnay is the most successful white. The province of San Juan is best known for blends of Bonarda and Syrah. Torrontés is a specialty of the La Rioja and Salta regions, the latter of which is also responsible for excellent Malbecs grown at very high elevation.

Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture...

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Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

In the Glass

Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

Perfect Parings

Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

Sommelier Secret

If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

HNYVFXCHY08C_2008 Item# 98570

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