This is a bit of rock ‘n' roll that performs brilliantly in Vasse Felix's chardonnay hierarchy. Perfect balance of flavours from grapefruit, lemon pith and delicate leesy-nutty characters with plenty of flint and saline. It's linear, long and pure, with a riff of acidity that keeps the band together.
96 points, Wine Companion (October 2019)
Grapefruit, aniseed, creamy cashew, melon. Lively, but with some nutty and creamy softness to counter the firm tang of acidity, chalky and dry texture, long and zesty on the finish. A spritely style, for sure.
93 points, The Wine Front (December 2019)
Bright, light to medium yellow colour, with an aroma of almond and other freshly-shelled assorted nuts. A very tense, vibrant chardonnay with great flavour and refinement, grapefruity vitality and nervy energy that persists long on the aftertaste.
95 points, The Real Review (December 2019)
Vasse Felix's 2018 Chardonnay is emblematic of the vintage, showcasing luscious fruit and generosity. Subtle notes of toasted grain accent apple, pear and melon flavors, and while this medium to full-bodied wine is plump, round and silky-textured, it also ends with a lively, refreshing dose of citrus. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
92 points, Wine Advocate (January 2019)
This has a very elegant and taut, refined feel. Aromas of grilled hazelnuts, peaches, apricot kernel, lemons and wet stones lead to a smooth, refined palate texture, delivering a citrus-fruit focus with a deep build of fleshy peach flavor and textural weight through the finish. Quality in every sense.
94 points, JameSuckling.com (April 2020)
The rise and rise of Vasse Felix is filtering down even more emphatically through its tiers, and this is as benchmark as any estate Chardonnay. Tension, fruit, oak and struck-flint reductive complexity all play their part as confidently as expected, yet with greater seamlessness, integration, line and length than ever. For all it represents, this is a phenomenon and a bargain.
95 points, WBM
Such a good chardonnay from this outstanding vintage. So much depth and poise here with a wonderful expression of all that is good in Margaret River. Grapefruit and lightly toasty oak influences with a savoury minerally finish. Exquisite.
95 points, Top 100 Whites, The West Australian
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.
Vasse Felix was the first commercial vineyard and winery to be established in Margaret River. The name is derived from Vasse (a French seaman who drowned last century while exploring the coastline on the ship Geographe under Captain Freycinet) and the French term for luck. Under the ownership of the Holmes a Court family Vasse Felix has carved an excellent reputation for its superbly made wines. The plush, intensely-flavoured and chocolaty Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet Blend – a limited-release, best-of-vintage ‘Grand Vin’ – is a beacon of quality that is included in the Langton’s Classification. The Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon, also Langton's-Classified, captures regional rather than site-specific characters. Of equal reputation are the exemplary Chardonnays, both the 'standard' Vasse Felix and the flagship Heytesbury. The Shiraz is also excellent. The entry-level Filius range -- a Chardonnay and a Cabernet-Merlot -- offers exceptional quality and value, as do the even more affordable 'ground-floor' duo of Classic Dry White (Semillon-Sauvignon) and Classic Dry Red (Shiraz-Cabernet). Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's