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
92/100 Wine Spectator
"Simultaneously supple and juicy in texture, with an elegant, fresh expression of apple, lemon and flavors that are vibrant, intense and mouthwatering. Subtle white pepper and green tea notes linger in the background. Drink now through 2015."
94/100 and ranked 22 of 80 Chardonnay from Margaret River, Huon Hooke (2015 vintage)
"There's a green, herbal nuance to the bouquet, a lick of smoky oak, the fruit subdued and a trifle flat. The palate is lean and nervy with a thread of acid, but not much chardonnay richness. Green melon and lemon nuances and a touch of cedary oak. There's a suspicion of hollowness. It's a good drink, but disappointing given its identity - perhaps it will come up with some air time? Take 2: THIS JUST NEEDED AIR! Complex nutty, toasted hazelnut patina over citrusy fruit, fine and tense, delicate and more-ish: a delicious wine. The more I tasted it the more it seemed like a junior version of the Heytesbury. A very smart, tight, stylish wine."
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