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 dry spring delayed vine development by 2-3 weeks, allowing time to open canopies which paid off come veraison. December, January and February brought consistent dry and warm conditions which saw vine development catch up nicely. Yields and bunch weights were a highlight, with fruit displaying beautiful balance. Ideal mild conditions allowed Chardonnay to develop bright acidity and sound flavour ripeness. March brought three small rain incidents, the most significant of which occurred post white harvest. Cool evenings and moderate daytime temperatures with afternoon sea breezes were ideal for gentle, consistent tannin ripening in our reds which maintained dense flavour. Low Marri Blossom presence resulted in the largest netting program since 2019, with bird pressure at a high during harvest. Overall, vineyard plots have shown excellent balance with more fruit and canopy, reflecting vine health and minimal heat stress from a milder season.
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