James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2019 has officially been released, with both Vasse Felix Icon wines receiving excellent reviews, both receiving a rating of 97 points.
“The reach and power is something to behold.” (2014 TOM CULLITY)
"The touch is light, the effect dramatic." (2015 Cabernet Sauvignon)
"Has the intensity, complexity and drive expected of Vasse Felix.." (2016 Chardonnay)
The Halliday Wine Companion, recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine is eagerly anticipated year after year for winemakers and wine lovers alike.
James Halliday's Reviews:
2014 TOM CULLITY - 97 POINTS
The ship slowly turns and sets sail for the future. It’s not the deepest or darkest of wines at first, but give it time
to breathe and the reach and power is something to behold. It tastes of blackcurrant and camphor, bay leaves
and black olives, smoky oak applied as an infusion rather then anything terribly overt. Flavour - most certainly.
Tannic power - oh yes. Explosive length - most definitely. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 97. Drink To 2039.
2016 HEYTESBURY CHARDONNAY - 97 POINTS
A wine all about finesse and length - extreme length. The inexorable drive and logic of the bouquet and
(in particular) the palate leaves little room for argument, but plenty for discussion. Pink grapefruit, pear,
nectarine and a satin bow of oak are all as one. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 97. Drink to 2030.
2015 SHIRAZ - 96 POINTS
This is a medium to full-bodied shiraz that has such pinpoint clarity it is able to tread lightly. It’s all about high
quality fruit that has been given the oak support it needs, but not one iota more. Its texture and structure are
admirable, the black fruits with a slightly savoury twist by the carefully extracted tannins. Screwcap. 14% alc.
Rating 96. Drink To 2035.
2016 CHARDONNAY - 95 POINTS
Has the intensity, complexity and drive expected of Vasse Felix, with layers of white peach, pear and sotto
voce grapefruit paired with the all-important acidity. There’s an argument to be made - this offers the best
value of the three ‘16 Vasse Felix Chardonnays. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 95. Drink To 2027.
2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON - 95 POINTS
A medium-weight cabernet to show more bulkier renditions a clean set of heels. This is a slashing way to
present cabernet. Energetic and bright, yet fluid and soft. It boasts just enough weight and power to build
good momentum through the palate, but at no point does it press too hard, or for too much. Bay leaf, black
olive and blackcurrant flavours are the main conveyors here. Tannin is a light sheet through the back half of
the wine. The touch is light, the effect dramatic. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 95. Drink to 2035.
2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON - 94 POINTS
Stamped with class. The texture, the intensity of flavour, the acceleration of the finish. Indeed it’s difficult - and
pointless - to single out individual flavours because it all seems so unified. It’s an excellent white wine from all
angles, with elegance included. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. Rating 94. Drink To 2023.
2017 CLASSIC DRY WHITE - 93 POINTS
2016 FILIUS CABERNET MERLOT - 92 POINTS
2016 FILIUS CHARDONNAY - 90 POINTS
2016 CLASSIC DRY RED - 90 POINTS