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
95/100 The Real Review, Bob Campbell MW
"Sophisticated and very complex chardonnay with layers of citrus, struck flint, mineral, toasted nut, biscuit and spicy oak. A seamless wine with real power that is delivered with consummate subtlety. Texturally perfect. 01 APR 2019." Drink 2019 - 2026
95/100 Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday
"This takes the Vasse Felix Chardonnay trio into serious wine territory. All the aspects are here, barrel fermentation in French oak, neither too much new, nor too little; the picking regime/decisions are integral to the vinification, the aim being to avoid the need to acidify; time in barrel is also an important consideration, with an increasing practice to finish maturation in tank." Drink by 2029
95/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke
"Light straw-yellow colour. The wine opens with a smoky note whether from oak or sulfides or both, and the longer it's in the glass, the more the pungent grapefruit powers through, together with lovely floral notes and spicy oak touches. The wine is intense on the palate and quite concentrated, with mouth-filling richness and firmness to close. A terrific chardonnay, especially at the price. 23 DEC 2018." Drink 2018 - 2028
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