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Blanc IX

Inspired by our passion for Cabernet Sauvignon and its structure (similar in many ways to its varietal mother Sauvignon Blanc), this wine represents the most extreme, yet interesting results from our trials with Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc. Unfined and unfiltered, we've bottled off only a few cases of this wine under the Black Label range. The balance of this trial lies within the Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Cloudy with an amber tint. NOSE A fruit driven perfume of apricot, pawpaw, peach and pineapple gives way to some intriguing notes of beeswax, raw wattle honey, yoghurt, fresh pressed olive oil, dill and fennel seed. PALATE Cuddly, full bodied fruit leads into crunchy dry tannins and a cleansing dry finish. Lingering flavours of pawpaw, wattle honey and buttery short crust pastry mingle with notes of bruised yellow rose.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER COMMENTS Sourced from our only section of Wilyabrup Sauvignon Blanc in the Home Vineyard, where some canopy exposure helped to ripen tannins in this cool year. We have looked at and incorporated the ancient ferment methods of Georgian culture - fermenting white varieties on skins, which allows us to embrace the beautiful tannins of our Sauvignon Blanc fruit. This wine was fermented wild on skins until dry and then pressed to barrique for 7 months before being bottled.
Production Notes
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2021
Harvest Date
March 2019
French Oak Barrique, 1 year old, 7 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
October 2019
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. 

Blanc IX
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  • 92 points

    James Suckling

    This skin-contact white is the IX edition of the “blanc” project and it has very attractive, dried chamomile-flower, dried peach and melon aromas. Gentle, lemon-leaf and herbal accents, too. The palate is so smoothly delivered with a fresh core of pithy grapefruit, as well as subtle, nutty nuances at the edges. Drink now. Screw cap.

  • 90 points

    Joe Czerwinski - Robert Parker Wine Advocate

    Essentially an experimental bottling, the 2019 Blanc IX is Sauvignon Blanc that spent 12 days on skins. It's perfumed—scented like jasmine—and also hints at apricot and melon, while also featuring savory, skins-y notes. It's medium to full-bodied, finishing dry and gently dusty.

  • "piercing and focused"

    Erin Larkin

    Unfined, unfiltered cloudy sav blanc with a suggestion of amber glints. A pretty cool nose – redolent with paw paw, beeswax, pineapple lumps, snow pea, white currant and cherry. It’s spicy too: white pepper, salted ginger, dill and fennel. The wine was basket pressed and fermented wild on full skins. It spent 7 months in French oak and went through 100% malo, lending it a creaminess and nuttiness that is absolutely happening. The palate is piercing and focused; the fruit is both creamy and lasered. Wine made this way is just begging for a food accompaniment and this Blanc IX takes me to all kinds of places in my mind. Despite being made in an ‘orange/skinsy’ way (fermenting white grapes on their skins) and therefore exhibiting more pronounced phenolics and tannin, this remains true to the VF house style of polish, finesse and silkiness. Combine that style with this wine, and you get a pretty smart Blanc IX. That’s going to be a YES from me.

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