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.
Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weeks before a run of below average temperatures in January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong daily sea breezes preserving vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural malolactic ferment in Chardonnays. Meanwhile the reds ripened slowly and gently through a dry Autumn ensuring fully developed tannins and a slightly riper and fleshier fruit profile to 2017.
'Best Wine' 95 points - Ray Jordan's Top 100 Whites
Such a good chardonnay from this outstanding vintage. So much depth and poise here with a wonderful expression of all that is good in Margaret River. Grapefruit and lightly toasty oak influences with a savoury minerally finish. Exquisite.
This takes the Vasse Felix Chardonnay trio into serious wine territory. All the aspects are here, barrel fermentation in French oak, neither too much new, nor too little; the picking regime/decisions are integral to the vinification, the aim being to avoid the need to acidify; time in barrel is also an important consideration, with an increasing practice to finish maturation in tank. v17
One of the West's top set of chardonnays, this is the core, middle range flanked by the Filius and the famed Heytesbury. A mighty fine chardonnay fan's chardonnay. v17