If you’re going to Margaret River, don’t miss out going to Vasse Felix. I didn’t have a lot of time down south this weekend (as I spent most of the time surfing) but I’m glad I stopped by Vasse Felix. It is the oldest winery in the region and not only does it have fantastic wines, it is also set up for visiting wine fans with a fantastic tasting room and facilities. I was only able to taste two Chardonnays – where malo lactic fermentation is not encouraged.
Vasse Felix Chardonnaly 2011,$29 RRP (12.5%) – Aromas of melon and peach is obvious on the nose with a refreshing citrus flavour which follows through on the palate with hints of subtle butteryness. This wine spends 9.5 months in French oak – 25% of that is in new oak which gives the wine a slight touch of spice.
Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2010, $60 RRP (13.0%) – I agreed with the Vasse Felix representative who said there was a perceived sweetness on the nose. I found this was followed by aromas of spice, melon and pineapple. On the palate there was lots of layers of flavours all balanced by a lick of acidity, a long length and again that hint of spiceyness from the oak. This wine spends 9.5 months in oak and 75% of that is new oak. I was told this was the most awarded wine in WA and it deserves its title.