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2015 Chardonnay

A pure, elegant and vibrant style of Chardonnay, embracing the region's powerful fruit with complexity and restraint to express the environment, with the hallmarks of Vasse Felix's premier vineyards.

 

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Brilliant straw green NOSE Elevated honeysuckle, grapefruit and kaffir lime aromas mingle with a fresh sea-breezy quality to this nose that hints at a sense of place by the ocean. Lower tone signature Chardonnay notes of nougat, grilled nuts and shortbread biscuit bring depth and richness to an alluring bouquet. PALATE The mouth bursts with regional purity and a quartzy acidity that compliments the coiled citrus power and textural finesse of the wine. Judicious use of fine French oak lends hazelnut and wafer flavours plus extra length, assuring excellent ageing potentia
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The fruit was hand-harvested, chilled, gently whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French oak barriques as unclarified juice for fermentation with only natural yeasts from the vineyard. Each parcel was left on lees in barrel for 9 months of maturation with battonage.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
13
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
5-7 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
February 2015
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French oak, 9 months (42% new, 58% 1-2 year old)
TA:
Acid
6.8g/L
pH:
pH
3.18
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.8g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
February 2016
Vintage Notes
2015

VINTAGE DESCRIPTION

Mild 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.

2015 Chardonnay
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Reviews
  • 96 points

    The Weekend Australian - James Halliday

    From the premier Wilyabrup vineyards; barrel fermented, matured in French oak (42% new) for 9 months. The bouquet is still developing but the palate guarantees a medium to long-term future. Exceptional length and intensity; pear, white peach and grapefruit make light work of the oak. Restrained like a lion on a leash.

  • 96 points

    The West Australian Wine Guide Ray Jordan

    Thoroughly beautiful expression of Margaret River that shows the continuing evolution for this variety at Vasse Felix. It's restrained and almost delicate, yet there is still all that underlying Margaret River intensity that drives through to the finish. Great texture and mouthfeel with a lively mix of nectarine and subtler stone fruit all perfectly harnessed with an exquisite touch of oak.

  • 4.5 stars

    Tony Love-The Source SA

    Thoroughly beautiful expression of Margaret River that shows the continuing evolution for this variety at Vasse Felix. It's restrained and almost delicate, yet there is still all that underlying Margaret River intensity that drives through to the finish. Great texture and mouthfeel with a lively mix of nectarine and subtler stone fruit all perfectly harnessed with an exquisite touch of oak.

  • 93 points

    The Wine Front

    Fair to say that 'felix' is a good word to describe how we find ourselves in Australia when it comes to Chardonnay. Struck match, almond, bran, nectarine and citrus. Glossy and viscous, but green apple acidity keeps it trim. It has flavour -- almost tropical -- but doesn't step over the line. It's very Chardonnay and kind of refined too. Easy to like and enjoy.