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2018 Classic Dry White

A classic Margaret River blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. This popular, pure-fruit style has been made by Vasse Felix since 1987. It is zesty, fresh and crisp.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Brilliant straw green. NOSE Bursting with notes of pretty citrus blossom, coastal heath, lemon thyme, gooseberry and fresh snow pea. PALATE Crisp and refreshing with bright red apple crunch upfront, leading to a succulent rockmelon flavour and richness towards the finish. A soft yet generous wine with pristine fruit expression and tremendous persistence.
Winemaker Notes
Semillon’s citrus and floral notes are complemented by the tropical passionfruit aromatics of Sauvignon Blanc. These varieties are picked at reasonably low baume, capturing fine high-note aromas, crisp primary fruit flavours and good acid structure. In 2018, 58% of the batches destined for Classic Dry White were fermented under cool conditions using specially selected yeasts to ensure the varietal characters were accentuated, while 42% were permitted to ferment wild in tank contributing a softer/fuller mouthfeel. This wine was made without the use of oak to preserve pure fruit expression.
Production Notes
66% Semillon, 34% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now
Harvest Date
Late Feb - Mid March
Stainless steel tanks
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
July 2018
Vintage Notes

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 our 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.

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