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2017 Chardonnay

The signature Chardonnay of Vasse Felix. It is made from a selection of premier Chardonnay parcels from Vasse Felix’s Vineyards in a modern Margaret River style with elegance, power and restraint.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE A subdued yet complex perfume of lemon blossom, lime and ginger, with delicate hints of brioche and pine needles. Savoury overtones of bread crust, almond and spicy oak bring depth to the intriguing fragrance. PALATE The soft creamy texture, polished acidity and light, dry tannin finish combine to create an incredible body and mouthfeel. Lovely citrus flavours mingle with hints of crushed dry vine leaf and kaffir lime. Not overtly fruity in this cool vintage, the wine is delicate and textured, with pure balance.
Winemaker Notes
A very cool season saw the Chardonnay picked three weeks later than in the last 10 years. Despite the cool conditions, beautiful ripeness was achieved with perfect sugar levels and elegant fruit perfumes. We allowed the fruit to undergo Malolactic Fermentation due to its high natural acidity, though it is not an obvious feature of the wine. The fruit was hand-harvested and chilled, gently whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French oak barriques as unclarified juice. The juice was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard. Each parcel was left on lees in barrel for 9 months of maturation with battonage, improving body and texture. Approximately 76% of the fruit is Gingin clone and 24% from Bernard clones 95, 96 and 76. The majority of the fruit was sourced from our Karridale and Wilyabrup vineyards, with a small portion from our new vineyard in Wallcliffe.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2025
Harvest Date
Late Feb - March 2017
French Oak Barrique, 48% New, 52% 1-3 year old, 9 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2018
Vintage Notes


Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2016 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.

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  • 96 points

    West Australian Wine Guide 2020 - Ray Jordan

    This was a very cool vintage, with the fruit picked three weeks later than any time in the past 10 years. Yet the wine has great power, harnessed with the modern restraint and elegance that stamps Vasse's style. All natural yeasts and the high acidity meant it all went through malolactic fermentation, creating texture and complexity within the intense, powerful palate. Exceptionally long palate. Lovely wine and great value. As good as any Vasse has released in this range.

  • 95 points

    The Real Review - Huon Hooke

    Light straw-yellow colour. The wine opens with a smoky note whether from oak or sulfides or both, and the longer it's in the glass, the more the pungent grapefruit powers through, together with lovely floral notes and spicy oak touches. The wine is intense on the palate and quite concentrated, with mouth-filling richness and firmness to close. A terrific chardonnay, especially at the price.

  • 93 points

    James Suckling

    Complex and together white with cooked-apple, lemon-peel and cream aromas and flavors. Medium body, solid palate and a fresh and vivid finish. Always an excellent chardonnay. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

  • 95 points

    Gourmet Traveller WINE

    This is a terrific chardonnay, especially at the price. The bouquet opens with a smoky note after which grapefruit powers through, together with floral fruit and spicy oak notes. It has great intensity, concentration and mouth-filling richness.

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