The more sophisticated interpretation of this popular Margaret River blend. Made from a selection of our most intense parcels of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon fruit, using intricate winemaking techniques to develop a powerful, textural wine with brooding savoury undertones.
2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. There was a warm start to March to finish the white harvest, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.
75% sauvignon blanc, 25% semillon. A pale golden straw in the glass, this is all red apple skin, guava, lychee, pink peppercorn, blackcurrant, summer pear, juniper, and winter sugar snap peas. Thanks to partial barrel ferment (in 80% new French oak) and over two thirds fermented using wild yeasts, this is a complex, textural, savoury and exciting expression of Margaret River SBS. Creamy on the palate, with typical bracing acidity tempered by stony minerality and crushed oyster shell - this is textured, long and concentrated. Wonderful.
This famous blend takes the standard white combo up a notch or two. It's partially wild fermented with se oak fermentation and further oak maturation which introduces a complex arrangement of aromas and flavours. The nose is quite perfumed with a lemongrass lift over a very subtle floral dried herbs character. The palate is textured and lively with a long, focused finish. Nice alternative style for short term cellaring. Cellar: 5 years
Fresh and Crisp
Margaret River's aromatic white blends are characterised by their fresh and delicate fruit and crisp natural acidity. This is the flagship Sauvignon Blanc Semillon of Vasse Felix, comprising the best fruit of the vintage. A small portion is matured in fine French oak providing savoury nuances, depth and structure.