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Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River 2011

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Appearance: Brilliant pale lemon yellow with a green tinge. Nose: Elegant, fragrant notes of a Granny Smith apple, white peach and pineapple salad with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice over the top. Some complex doughy yeast, custard éclairs, lemon butter and a hint of vanillin oak punctuate the nose. Palate: A vibrant entry with a juicy mid palate displaying apple, stone fruit and zesty lemon. Lovely tight acid structure drives the length with some cooked lemon skin and lemon barley flavours lingering.

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Vasse Felix Pty Ltd:
Ancient soils and cooling sea breezes from the Southern and Indian Oceans provide the Margaret River wine region with ideal viticultural conditions to craft wines of exceptional concentration and intensity whilst retaining elegance and finesse. Planted by Dr Tom Cullity in 1967, Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in the Margaret River region and is owned and opera... Read more
Ancient soils and cooling sea breezes from the Southern and Indian Oceans provide the Margaret River wine region with ideal viticultural conditions to craft wines of exceptional concentration and intensity whilst retaining elegance and finesse. Planted by Dr Tom Cullity in 1967, Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in the Margaret River region and is owned and operated by the Holmes a Court family. Situated in the sub-region of Willyabrup, visitors to Vasse Felix are welcomed by a unique underground cellar, a spectacular restaurant overlooking the original 1967 plantings and an exquisite art gallery, making Vasse Felix one of the great drawcards of the Margaret River Wine Region. The name ‘Vasse Felix’ was inspired by an early event in the district. Thomas Vasse was a French seaman who disappeared after his longboat overturned near the site of Busselton whilst exploring the treacherous South West Coastline of Western Australia. (An expedition of Captain Hamelin’s Naturaliste and Captain Baudin’s Geographe) Felix was Hamelin’s middle name, and ironically, is the Latin word for lucky. The Vasse Felix logo is a Peregrine Falcon. When Dr Tom Cullity’s first vines began to bear fruit, native birds or ‘silvereyes’ as they are commonly known, had a keen appetite for the sweet berries, so Dr Cullity trained a falcon to deter the pests. Although much time and effort went into this exercise, upon the falcon’s first free flight it soared into the sky and was never seen again. The Vasse Felix logo endures to this day. The Vasse Felix wines are crafted by Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock, whose understanding and excitement for the region complement the Vasse Felix belief that wines should be unique, distinctive and expressive of their surroundings. The portfolio of Vasse Felix wines represents a definitive expression of variety and sense of place. Vasse Felix continues to be one of the most highly reviewed and visited wineries in Australia, treating wine and food lovers from around the globe with an exquisite restaurant, a welcoming cellar door and art gallery and an unforgettable Margaret River experience. Read less

External Reviews for Vasse Felix Chardonnay Margaret River

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 2011 Chardonnay is scented of grapefruit fresh peaches and white blossoms with a hint of toastiness. Medium-bodied it offers a good concentration of expressive stone fruit flavors with just a touch of oak lingering with a long refreshingly crisp citrusy finish. Drink it now through 2016+. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Green-tinged straw. Aromas of pear skin, melon and musky lees, with a hint of iodine in the background. Spicy, penetrating orchard and citrus fruit flavors are complemented by notes of ginger and white pepper, with a late jolt of candied orange zest. Finishes dry, smoky and long, with lingering spiciness and impressive energy.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

The 2011 Chardonnay is scented of grapefruit, fresh peaches and white blossoms with a hint of toastiness. Medium-bodied, it offers a good concentration of expressive stone fruit flavors with just a touch of oak, lingering with a long refreshingly crisp citrusy finish. Drink it now through 2016+.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

A fresh, tangy white, showing hints of tangerine and quince around the pear flavors, lingering easily. Drink now.



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Appearance: Brilliant pale lemon yellow with a green tinge. Nose: Elegant, fragrant notes of a Granny Smith apple, white peach and pineapple salad with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice over the top. Some complex doughy yeast, custard éclairs, lemon butter and a hint of vanillin oak punctuate the nose. Palate: A vibrant entry with a juicy mid palate displaying apple, stone fruit and zesty lemon. Lovely tight acid structure drives the length with some cooked lemon skin and lemon barley flavours lingering.

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