Vasse Felix Reviews for The West Australian Wine Guide 2022
We are thrilled with the reviews of vintages from the past year as featured in The West Australian Wine Guide 2022 by Ray Jordan.
We are particularly excited to see our icon wines, the 2019 Heytesbury Chardonnay and 2017 TOM CULLITY, receiving stellar reviews. For us these reviews reflect our commitment to making 'the best possible wine' with the two varietals Margaret River is known for, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
"There’s a crunchy purity about this entry-level chardonnay. Vibrant acidity lifts the citrus tang and grapefruit character with the light touch of oak just adding a little to the palate without compromising what is designed as an early-drinking wine. A joy to drink.
Cellar: 5 years "
"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 mouthfeel. Minerally with a fine citrus edge cuts through a palate of intensity and depth that explodes through to a very long finish.
Cellar: 7 years"
"Refined and so elegantly crafted chardie. Has more new oak than the standard chardie, but the power and intensity of the fruit handles it easily. 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 intense grapefruit and pear characters on the palate. Long and defined palate. One of the finest yet under this label.
Cellar: 12 years"
"This great-value cabernet has become a winner for Vasse Felix. Blackcurrant varietal fruit with a bay leaf and perfumed red berry lift on the nose. A trace of dusty oyster shell on the palate. So well balanced and focused to a long finish.
Cellar: 10 years"
"Oh, my. What a stunning wine, made more stunning when you can get it for less than $50. Deep and concentrated power delivered with integrated elegance and poise. This is classically structured cabernet displaying all the power and purpose you get from this variety in a great year from Margaret River. Chalky tannins, powerhouse middle core with a great lingering finish. Deep, leafy, oyster shell cabernet minerality. You simply must get some of this.
Cellar: 15 years"
"This is an 82 per cent cabernet-dominant blend, making it the highest percentage of cabernet of any of the release to date. Immediately strikes as the most restrained, elegant and medium bodied of any of the vintages. Now, there is a deal of tannin astringency evident on the palate but it sits snuggly within. Fine, silky tannins and what appears to be about an average amount of new French oak consistent with the rest of the wines, with 2016 being an exception. This to me is another wine that strongly reflects the vintage, which tends more towards medium body and restraint- elegance. To me this is a wine you will drink earlier before the others are ready, but it is still a very good wine.
Cellar: 25 years"