"Deft Touch Rewards" Stellar Reviews for 2019 Releases
We are thrilled with the latest reviews of our 2019 releases by West Australian wine critic Ray Jordan.
"Willcock has taken Vasse Felix’s chardonnays to lofty levels in recent years and these latest examples show both the qualities of the 2019 vintage and Willcock’s deft touch in bringing them to life with restraint and complexity." Ray Jordan, The West Australian
Full reviews can be found below.
2019 Heytesbury Chardonnay
"Shows the influence of the cool vintage. Refined and elegantly crafted chardie. Has more new oak than the standard chardie, but the power and intensity of the fruit handles it easily to maintain balance without a hint of excessiveness. Only natural yeasts are used and it gets nine months in oak with some battonage. Has a slightly charry character that augments the grapefruit and pear characters with a distinct savoury edge on the palate. Long and defined palate. One of the finest yet under this label."
2019 Vasse Felix Chardonnay
"Another belter under this label. First thing, and I have said it often: It is way too cheap for a wine for this class. It’s a wonderful expression of this cool vintage, displaying more restraint and delicacy than the marvellous 2018. Wild yeast and some malolactic fermentation have contributed to the beautifully textured mouth feel. Minerally with a fine citrus edge, cuts through a palate of intensity and depth that explodes through to a very long finish."
2019 Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc
"Winemaker Virginia Willcock has pushed into exotic areas with this little beauty. It’s mostly savvy with about 11 per cent semillon and was wild fermented in French oak foudres. It also has some time in puncheons and barriques and there's quite a high percentage of new oak. I suspect Willcock has had a bit of fun mucking about with this. Has a delightful savoury, primary lemony combination with a slightly nutty, creamy texture. Finishes with a dry savouriness. Lovely wine."