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Vasse Felix - Chardonnay 2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Virginia Willcock
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Now-2016
Food Matching

Food Matching

Rich and complex, this wine will complement rich seafood such as lobster and crab, and can also stand up to robust and spicy dishes such as roast belly pork, Cajun chicken and Thai fish cakes. Michel Roux Jr, in his book Matching Food and Wine: Classic and Not So Classic Combinations, suggests a Tartare of Sea Bass with Dill, while Master Sommelier Vincent Gasnier recommends spicy sausages and barbecued chicken.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 95+ (2013) VS: 92 (2010) JR: 17 (2011) WS: 92 (2014) JS: 96 (2013) WE: 92 (2013) JH: 97 (2014) WF: 90+ (2011) TC: 93 (2007) WG: 92 (2007)

Wine tasting notes

The 2007 Heytesbury Chardonnay is bright straw in colour with a green hue. The wine displays beautiful, complex aromas, combining savoury elements with ripe fruit perfumes. There are hints of fresh sour dough and toasted vanillin oak spice, with some peach and melon characters. The palate is intense and full bodied, with a creamy texture and lovely fresh acidity that helps to create a balanced, almost seamless wine. Flavours of lemon rind, cinnamon and cloves carry the palate through to the finish with bright citrus notes. The soft, beautifully integrated French oak supports the lingering, textured finish of this superb wine. The 2007 release will develop further complexity over 3-5 years in bottle.

Winery Information

Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in Western Australia?s Margaret River region. Established in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, it is situated in the Willyabrup sub region where ancient soils and cooling Southern and Indian Ocean breezes provide ideal conditions for fine wine production. The Vasse Felix winemaking team shares a common goal in crafting wines of exceptional quality from unique vineyard sites. Under the direction of Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock, the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)95+ pts

Aug 2014. Reviewer : The 2013 Heytesbury Chardonnay has a youthfully mute nose of lemon tart, kumquats and orange blossoms with hints of struck match, brioche, almonds and coriander seed. Medium-bodied, with plenty of silkiness to the texture and a pleasant touch of astringency, it gives complex layers of citrus fruits and savory flavors with accents of ginger and spice coming through in the long finish. Drink it 2015 to 2020+.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2010)92 pts

Jul/Aug 13. By Josh Raynolds. Pale gold. Smoky, mineral-accented aromas of poached pear, fig and honey, with a lemony quality coming up with air. Chewy and concentrated, offering powerful orchard and citrus fruit flavors and notes of buttered toast and truffle. Acts a lot like a ripe Meursault, with excellent finishing clarity, length and lingering smokiness. (2011)17 pts

Tasted February 2013. - Lots of concentration and savour here. Zest and lift and very accomplished. (Not sure I have ever written that word before, let alone in a tasting note.) Real tension and future with green vegetal notes but not undernourished nor underripe. Real presence and, for once, persistence.

Wine Spectator (2014)92 pts

Impressive, with precision to the smoke and toast accents and nutmeg-scented pear and lime flavors. Shows depth and intensity, featuring a smooth frame and crisp acidity, lingering on the finish.

James Suckling (2013)96 pts

February , 2015. A wine that has come to represent the pinnacle in Australian chardonnay in a modern, powerful and complex style, this oozes tension. The nose is flinty and intense, delivering citrus and fresh-cut white peach aromas plus struck match, grilled nuts and lemon curd. A palate of genuine intensity, the powerfully rich fruit with deep and dense texture is cut perfectly by piercing acidity; flavors run through citrus and stone fruits with stylish grilled nuts and gently spiced woody nuances. Rarely do you find a chardonnay that marries complexity and purity this well. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)92 pts

This bottling is consistently among the best Margaret River Chardonnays, and the 2013 doesn't disappoint. Subtle notes of grilled peach and pineapple slices are carried by ample weight and richness on the midpalate, then gain focus and fold in citrus flavors on the long finish. J. C. (3/1/2015)

James Halliday (2014)97 pts

The leader of a great trio of Vasse Felix Chardonnays, hand-picked, chilled, basket-pressed to French barriques (64% new), with some natural, although unintended, mlf; barrel sorting after maturation is the key. Here energy and drive are easily matched by the complexity that is the ever-present fingerprint of Heytesbury. A magical combination of grace and power, with prodigious length to close.

Wine Front (2011)90+ pts

Smells like a modern Heytesbury – lime spider, stuck match, a little spiced oak, light tropical fruit and citrus. It’s medium weight and fresh with a firm spine of acid and a delightful lemon/lime zest finish, though it does not have much depth or flavour intensity at its core: its interest lies on the periphery. I tasted it over three days, tried my hardest to look past what’s essentially an infant wine, but never found much love for it. Nice wine, high quality, well made etc. for sure, but a little off the marque. Maybe later?

Tom Cannavan (2007)93 pts

Tom Cannavan,, 93pts (2007) -"Paul Homes à Court now owns the Heytesbury group, of which Vasse Felix is part (as well as beef and a stud farms). A barrel selection, this has a beautifully rich, all those buttery, figgy overtones. Lots of green fruits, with a fine sense of ripeness but terrific clarity. ON the palate some bright, orangy fruit, and a whilst there's a creamy, dense texture, the fruit is very punchy. Delicious stuff, and has great balance of power and finesse."

The Wine Gang (2007)92 pts, 92pts (2007) -"A fine Western Australian Chardonnay from one of the early Margaret River pioneers, showing a lovely peachy fruit opulence underscored by restrained toasty oak, mealy fruit and finishing with a combination of freshness and nuttiness. Excellent value."

Vinification Notes

Juice was pressed off and the free-run separated, before settling overnight and being racked to barrels. All batches were fermented ‘wild’ with no yeast added to the juice. Maturation was in French oak barriques, of which nearly half were new. The batches were stirred throughout maturation, allowing the lees to impart further complexity and palate weight to the wine. 100% barrel fermented, 49% New French oak barriques – 10 months in oak.