As the moderate climate of Margaret River is becoming Australia’s centre of premium winemaking, Vasse Felix are leading the pack in recognition and can, in fact, lay claim to having been there first. It was the founder Dr Thomas Cullity whose planting experiments were confirmed when in 1966 experts identified Margaret River as a near homoclime (same climate as) Bordeaux. Luckily those commissioning the studies, and the local newspaper that published the details, had no idea how significant they were, and in 1967 Cullity had little competition in finding the best site - which he cleverly did in redgum country with red gravel above and clay lying below. Here at Margaret River’s first vineyard, Vasse Felix, he planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Riesling. The latter variety was to be the label’s first success (in 1972), showing the white wine promise of the cooler Margaret River, which is now as famous for Chardonnay as it is for Cabernet Sauvignon. Regarding Cabernet itself - which is the winery’s flagship - the acknowledged experts at Vasse Felix have a distinctive take on this variety, revealing the elegant and aromatic nature of the grape so that that at times it seems to compare as much to Burgundy as it does to Bordeaux. With an established reputation but also the strictest artisanship and organic, sustainable practices - including being on the cutting edge of industrial recycling - Vasse Felix are not only masters of their art, but stayers in the game.
What The Critics Say
96/100 Huon Hooke
"This outstanding wine is half the price of Vasse's top chardonnay, Heytesbury, and nearly as good. Intense grapefruit, lemon aromas laced with toast from oak, the palate bright and precise with wonderful regional style and balance, and loads of charm. Drink now to nine years. Drink with scallops with spring onion and ginger." Drink 2017 - 2026
95/100 The West Australian Wine Guide 2018, Ray Jordan
"The continuing refinement of Vasse Felix's chardonnays is on show in this excellent wine. Lightly scented aromas of char and grapefruit with a lemony minerally influence. The palate is light bodied, but with deep intensity. Tight and controlled with a minerally finish. Love that white peach edginess that carries through to the finish."
94/100 Bob Campbell MW
"Ripe, concentrated chardonnay with nicely integrated melon, peach, bran biscuit and nutty oak flavours. Good weight and an appealing mouth-feel with a lengthy finish. A stylish, sophisticated chardonnay." Drink 2017 - 2023
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