We are always evolving and adjusting vineyard and winemaking variables to improve wines within the Vasse Felix Collection. Sometimes there are riskier trials we seek to explore on particular fruit parcels. Science and intuition suggests they may be great advancements; however we have only conventional experience. These trials are broken off from our primary programs. When the results are revolutionary, a small batch is bottled under a Black Label.
ColourA slightly darker appearance than most SBS with skin contact and barrel maturation solidifying the depth of colour.
NoseTropical fruit juice and earthy, woody tones intertwine to give an extraordinary scent. More base note and wholesome than the usual overtly pungent SBS style. A hint of custard tart, lychee and wet steel add intrigue and depth.
PalateThe palate is full-bodied and savoury with slippery, juicy fruit filling across the palate. Texturally, the tannins are similar to crunching a passionfruit pip, leaving a dry finish but with lychee, preserved lemon and custard tart perfume.
Winemaker's notesMade with a desire to bring more complexity and soul into the SBS style from this region. Inspired by the passion for Cabernet Sauvignon and its structure, which is shared in many ways with its historical mother Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was fermented wild, on skins, like our Cabernet and matured in quality oak for an extended time to allow the skin tannins to integrate with the oak tannins. Finally, blended with wild fermented Semillon, to complete the wine. Only a few cases have been bottled off from this more extreme practice, the balance lies within the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon under the Vasse Felix label.
Varietals Sauvignon Blanc 68% Semillon 32%Alcohol 12.5Cellaring potential Somewhat subdued in its youth the development will excite for many hours in the glass or years in the bottle. Great decanted.HarvestedFebruary 2015Oak17mths French oak - 67% new, 33% 3yo puncheonTA6.6g/LPH3.39Residual Sugar2.3g/LBottledAugust 2016
Vintage DescriptionMild conditions in Margaret River with no extreme weather conditions, allowing for balanced fruit and a slow and steady intake. There was no disease pressure and fruit quality is excellent the only disappointment was yields being down across the Region for all key varieties. This was the outcome of storms in Spring and pressure from an increase in the local population of Silver Eyes (birds) and no Marri Blossom.