“This is a selection of Vasse Felix’s more youthful accessible chardonnay—estate-grown, spontaneously fermented and aged for eight months in French oak barrels (15 percent new). It’s quiet and polished, with impressive depth to its pale pear flavors. The oak comes across ad cardamom spice, integrating with the fruit into the cool feel of a coastal jarrah forest. It’s crisp and comforting.”
"From Vasse Felix’s best parcels in Margaret River, winemaker Virginia Willcock lets this chardonnay ferment spontaneously in French oak, where it ages nine months. She stirs the lees in barrel, adding to the wine’s aromatic intensity. There’s distinction in the savory, harmonious integration of grapefruit flavors and oak. But for now, it’s laden with flinty reduction, hiding a pretty spiffy wine that needs several years in bottle to show itself."
"Virginia Willcock makes this wine from the Vasse Felix Home Vineyard, which Tom Cullity first planted in 1967. This vintage, from a warm summer and a long, cool harvest season, layers gentle, savory tannins and honeyed blue fruit. Focused on cabernet sauvignon (76 percent), with malbec (20 percent) and petit verdot, it’s a young, minty red that needs bottle age to develop, or short ribs to show itself more fully."
"Vasse Felix farms chardonnay at three of its four vineyard sites in Margaret River, including the Home Vineyard in Wilyabrup, where Tom Cullity planted the region’s first vines in 1967. This 2015 has the woodsy scent of acacia blossoms and the cool feel of the Margaret River’s coastal forest. The fruit is tight until, with air, its lemon severity opens toward finesse, detailed floral notes and lasting tart citrus flavors. Pour it with grilled abalone or other fresh shellfish."