Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay Wineries, Chardonnay, White Wine
Chardonnay is the best performing white variety in Margaret River and this wine comes from Vasse Felix’s best vineyards in the region.It was fermented in individual parcels with wild yeasts and matured in French Oak for nine months. Our Chardonnay has developed significantly over recent years to a modern style embracing the fruit, some solids in the juice and the natural yeast from the vineyard.
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.
The fruit was picked in the cool of the night, preserving its vibrant aromas and fruit characters. It was picked at relatively low Baume to preserve natural acids and produce lower alcohol for a tighter, more refreshing style of Chardonnay. Each batch of fruit was pressed off immediately, settled and then racked to oak barrels with varying levels of solids, for more intense fermentation character and palate weight. All batches were fermented ‘wild’ with no yeast addition and were stirred throughout the nine months of maturation, allowing the yeast to impart further complexity to the wine. As bright, natural acidity is priority, no malolactic fermentation was encouraged.
BOTTLED January 2012
CELLARING Drinking beautifully now, will reward cellaring over the next 2-4 years.
A very dry Spring resulted in small balanced canopies and early development stages. A very warm Summer with timely rainfall around veraison was followed with rapid ripening to an early vintage. Whites were harvested in a very short time frame though retained good acid.
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