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2019 Chardonnay

The signature Chardonnay of Vasse Felix, made from a selection of Vasse Felix’s premier plots of powerful Chardonnay. Made in the modern Margaret River style of elegance, power and restraint, with the wild complexity which distinguishes Vasse Felix Chardonnay.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright pale straw with a gold tinge. NOSE A fragrant fruit perfume of white peach, yuzu and pear flan, gives way to creamy yeast lees and fragrant oak complexities which deliver almond meal, ginger nut biscuits and nougat nuances. Background notes of flint and ocean breeze reveal themselves with time. PALATE An incredible body characteristic of our Premier plots of fruit, complemented by a fresh line of acidity. This freshness is followed by an immediate broadening of the palate, harmonious and chalky, the wine is mouth coating but not heavy. Complex and complete, the fragrance lingers on the finish.
Winemaker Notes
Another cool season yet beautiful ripeness was achieved with elegant fruit perfumes and perfect sugar levels. With high natural acidity, many of the parcels (approx. 70-75%) were allowed to complete natural malolactic fermentation. 65% of the parcels were hand-harvested, gently whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French Oak Barriques as unclarified juice for wild fermentation. The remaining 35% was Selectiv harvested (to embrace some skin maceration), direct pressed and racked to barrel as high solids juice for wild fermentation. Each parcel was left on lees in barrel for 9 months of maturation with battonage. These premier Chardonnay selections were a mix of 86% Gingin clone and 14% Bernard clones 95,96 and 76. The majority of the fruit was grown at our Boodjidup and Home vineyards, with a small portion from our Karridale vineyard.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
6 years (fresh), 6+ years for complex, aged Chardonnay
Harvest Date
Feb - March 2019
French Oak Barrique, 39% new, 61% 1-3 year old, 9 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
May 2020
Vintage Notes

A cool, high-humidity start to vintage meant we benefited greatly from precise canopy management to mitigate disease pressure and optimise sun exposure for the fruit. The success of this program enabled us to harvest ripe, clean fruit with slightly lower alcohol and great natural acidity. Mild conditions allowed for extended ripening, creating beautiful aromatics and fine ripe tannins in our reds. Marri Blossom was non-existent throughout the region in 2019, resulting in the largest netting program ever seen at Vasse Felix to protect the fruit from bird damage. Overall, a labour-intensive vintage that resulted in beautiful quality fruit.

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  • 96 Points

    The West Australian - Ray Jordan

    Another belter under this label. First thing, and I have said it often, it is way too cheap for a wine of this class. It’s a wonderful expression of this cool vintage, displaying more restraint and delicacy than the marvellous 2018. Wild yeast and some malolactic fermentation have contributed to the beautifully textured mouth feel. Minerally, it has a fine citrus edge that cuts through a palate of intensity and depth which explodes through to a very long finish.

  • 95 points, Editors' Choice

    Wine Enthusiast

    This classic wine is rich and concentrated yet bright and elegant. Citrus, melon rind, oyster shell, toasted brioche and nutty notes flow into a beautifully constructed palate. There’s crackling acidity straight out of the gate and subtle,toasty oak to ground it. Slippery and slinky, with salinity and depth of flavor, this is a finessed, balanced wine.

  • 96 points

    WBM - Tyson Stelzer

    Ignore the price, this is a mighty sophisticated Chardonnay that would hold its own confidently against premier cru Burgundian royalty. In mineral definition, persistence abd sheer, effortless line, it's next level. I love the way cool season elegance weaves a silver thread through the panoply of complexity and texture that sets apart the modern era of Vasse Felix. Is this its finest estate Chardonnay yet? Hands down.

  • 95 points

    The Real Review - Stuart Knox

    Pale straw-yellow hue. Lemon curd, almond meal and bakery items. Quite tight and focused. Good acidity drives a saline minerality whilst citrus fruit and roast nuts sit alongside. Good length and a lovely crisp savoury note to this finish. A delicious chardonnay.

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