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2022 Chardonnay

The quintessential Margaret River Chardonnay, 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
APPEARANCE Pale straw with a green and golden tinge. NOSE A lovely waxy, green tea candle note lifts in the subtle white peach, pear and green plum perfume, accompanied by complex floral aromas of Jasmine and camomile and sexy hints of rock flint and vanilla bean. More savoury complexity will develop with time in the bottle. PALATE A lovely rich core framed by a delicate dry structure. The satin palate features complex flavours of purified lemon, a hint of ginger, custard and delicate peach, and finishes with a lovely dry, chalky feel.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS Rapid ripening through January following a delayed season from spring conditions saw the flavours and sugars lift quickly. Our Gingin clone fruit retained fantastic acidity which suggested most plots desired completion of a natural MLF. Some sections were hand-harvested, gently whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French oak barriques as unclarified juice for fermentation. The balance were Selectiv harvested and direct pressed with very high solids juice racked to barrel. All batches were fermented with natural yeasts from the vineyard. Each batch was left on lees in barrel for 8 months of maturation with an additional 6 months blended in the cellar for harmonisation before being bottled. Only Premier Cru Chardonnay sections were selected which included 84% Gingin clone and 16% Bernard clones 95, 96 and 76. Our Wallcliffe vineyard plots dominated in this rapid ripening year, however fantastic Premier sections from Wilyabrup also made the grade, alongside portions from our Carbanup and Karridale vineyards.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
2028+ for complex, well developed Chardonnay
Harvest Date
17 February - 9 March 2022
French oak barrique 44% new, 56% 1-3 year old (Included 26% 1 year old Mercurey) 14 months. 8 months in oak, 6 months blended in tank.
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
May 2023
Vintage Notes

A cool, winter-like spring saw vine growth delayed in development. Rainfall in October was significant. A dry and warm summer, with sustained warmth day and night through December, January and February, possibly influenced by another La Niña season, saw a rapid ripening period for all white varieties, with all vineyards harvested in little over a month. Fruit quality was excellent with surprising delicacy and elegance. A low yielding vintage, primarily due to spring conditions over the past two years. Warm and rapid veraison for whites in January was ideal and saw the Chardonnay’s desirable ripe flavours pronounce themselves quickly. Vine health remained fantastic, with fruit quality high and flavours concentrated.

2022 Chardonnay
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  • Best Chardonnay


    Australian chardonnay has, until now, often been associated with the heavily oaked styles that have put some off this grape altogether. However, this vintage is pure elegance. It’s had nine months in French oak, which gives it a more subtle smoke, along with buttery brioche, clean lemon zest and some tropical fruit. We’ll be investing in a case for party season.

  • 92 points

    The Real Review - Aaron Brasher

    Aromas of nougat, stone fruit, citrus, spice and nutty oak. Full-flavoured, complex and mouth-filling. A powerful wine with lashings of white stone fruit, grapefruit and creamy oak. There’s lovely weight and texture and the acidity has some zip to it.

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