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2019 Sauvignon Blanc

A wonderfully complex, modern Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc expression. Fermented wild in large format French oak with a portion of full skins contact. Aromatic and savoury with textural layers of complexity and a long, dry finish.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale straw with a golden tinge. NOSE An enticing array of orange zest, jasmine, savoury cheddar and cedar mingle with wafts of limestone cliffs and coastal herb. PALATE Crystalline acidity is balanced by a soft, pure texture. The fine harmonious body embraces savoury elements of river stone, hints of citrus peel and a beautiful lemon tang.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Refined winemaking techniques, in particular a focus on wild fermentation, have better captured the sense of place, highlighting the exciting complexities of this powerful, aromatic and savoury Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc. The portion of full skins fermentation, though only 10%, represents a style evolution for this wine, bringing incredible texture and structure to the palate. While the use of large format French Oak Foudre (for the first time) and Puncheons preserves the freshness of the fruit in a slower aging format, contributing a soft harmonious tannin texture to the final wine. The wine was allowed to develop for 5-12 months before blending, followed by a further 3 months to harmonise as a blend before bottling.
Production Notes
89% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2026
Harvest Date
March 2019
61% French Oak in a combination of 46% new Foudre, Puncheon and Barrique and 54% 1-6 year-old Puncheon and Barrique. 10-12 months in Foudre and Puncheon; 5-8 months in Barrique.
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
April 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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  • 95 points + Special Value Rating

    2022 Halliday Wine Companion - Erin Larkin

    Creamy, rounded and supremely textural, this moves away from the spiny sauvignon blanc we are accustomed to and moves into a New World European space. Heady Margaret River florals and leafy greens (coriander, broad beans and sugar snap peas) linger in the background, making this a brilliant excuse for lunch. From the land and into the glass - what a beauty.

  • 95 points

    Ray Jordan - West Australian

    Winemaker Virginia Willcock has pushed into exotic areas with this little beauty. It’s mostly savvy with about 11 per cent semillon and was wild fermented in French oak foudres. It also has some time in puncheons and barriques and there's quite a high percentage of new oak.

  • 'tight, textural, gorgeous'

    Max Allen - Financial Review

    Lots going on here: some grassy semillon blended with sauvignon juice (wild fermented and matured in 3000-litre oak barrels called foudres and also in smaller puncheons and barriques) and a splash of savoury, skins-fermented savvy all combine to produce a tight, textural, gorgeous white wine with grape-pulpy fruitiness balanced by nettle-like, gooseberry fuzz. Drink with prawn cocktails.

  • 93 Points

    Winepilot-Angus Hughson

    One wine style that is often forgotten from Margaret River is lightly oaked sauvignon blanc. The combination of quite ripe Margaret River fruit with subtle oak is a match made in heaven and the best wines can compete on quality with all but the region’s best chardonnays, thanks to considerable power and complexity. The cooler 2019 vintage has made a more elegant style than usual with a pale colour and bright, fresh fruits. There are layers of guava, citrus and green grass aromas which are well balanced with spicy oak and some savoury lees complexity. In the mouth it’s crisp and light on its feet with vibrant fruit driven by fresh acidity. The combination of generous fruit and texture from oak make it an each way style – delicious on its own but also has the power to be delicious with classic quiche over lunch.

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