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2016 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.




Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep straw with a green tinge. NOSE A wealthy, complex perfume of lemon pie crust mingles with hints of pineapple and buttery apple. Subtle secondary notes of nougat, spiced oak and croissant bring depth to the appealing bouquet. PALATE A full bodied palate with a fine structural backbone. Arrives soft and rich with a creamy, broad fruit base. A lovely, fine acid line maintains vibrancy, while wood spice and custard cream flavours extend the long, dry finish.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The fruit was hand-harvested and chilled, gently whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French oak barriques as unclarified juice for fermentation with only natural yeasts from the vineyard. We allowed this vintage to undergo Malolactic Fermentation due to its high natural acids, resulting in a softer acidity. Each parcel was left on lees in barrel for 9 months of maturation with battonage.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
7-10 years
Harvest Date
February 2016
100% French oak (42% new, 58% 1-2 yo) 9 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
1.34 g/L
Bottling Date
February 2017
Vintage Notes


Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and bright natural acidity.

2016 Chardonnay
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  • 96 points

    The Real Review - Huon Hooke

    This outstanding wine is half the price of Vasse's top chardonnay, Heytesbury, and nearly as good. Intense grapefruit, lemon aromas laced with toast from oak, the palate bright and precise with wonderful regional style and balance, and loads of charm. Drink now to nine years. Drink with scallops with spring onion and ginger.

  • 95 points

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2018 Ray Jordan

    The continuing refinement of Vasse Felix's chardonnays is on show in this excellent wine. Lightly scented aromas of char and grapefruit with a lemony minerally influence. The palate is light bodied, but with deep intensity. Tight and controlled with a merally finish. Love that white peach edginess that carries through to the finish.

  • 94 points

    The Real Review - Toni Paterson MW

    This wine has remarkable intensity packed into a compact frame. A superb line of acidity and distinct grapefruit flavours. Slightly pithy on the finish. Decanting recommended. Best served with food.

  • 4.5 Stars

    Tony Love - The Source SA

    One of the West's top set of chardonnays, this is the core, middle range flanked by the Filius and the famed Heytesbury. There's a good deal more intensity and drive in the palate here than the Filius, and the purity of the fruit spectrum is mesmerising, aided by a suggestion of lime juice that adds energy to the palate while revealing subtle background oak. A mighty fine chardonnay fan's chardonnay.

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