A contemporary house style with versatile drinkability. It is a vibrant and modern Chardonnay with pure fruit, wild complexities and mouth-watering natural acidity. An earlier drinking style with alluring savoury nuances from Vasse Felix’s quality-led, minimal intervention winemaking approach.
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 remains fantastic, with fruit quality high and flavours concentrated.
A doorway to the renowned Vasse Felix style (but a delicious wine in its own right), this opens with vibrant, tangy fruit, like freshly pressed pineapples, woven with lemon verbena and white blossoms. There’s just a hint of toasty saline character underneath. The palate follows a similar through line, with lovely texture and a subtle barrel- and-lees influence that’s well integrated with the tingly, crunchy acidity. Drink now and over the next few years. V22
A mid-weighted wine that packs plenty in the bottle for the price, brimming with accents of canned peach, mango chunks and nougat, with a curb of oak offering compression and tension. A tangy finish. V22
For a chardonnay reflecting regional attributes, and perhaps a bit of house style, this works well. It’s well made, managing the citrus, stone fruit and spice components with some funky sulphides and subtle oak. Good texture, too, and it’s one to enjoy without overthinking it. V22
"Textured, restrained creaminess"
Pretty aromas of nectarine, green melon, white flowers, flint and citrus. Fresh, straightforward and lively on the palate. There’s also a textured, restrained creaminess and a touch of grip on the finish. V22