2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. There was a warm start to March to finish the white harvest, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.
Vasse Felix Blanc De Blancs
Made in the traditional method, this is a serious ‘grower style’ sparkling wine from our coolest sections and specialist clones of Margaret River Chardonnay. Terroir is at the forefront of this single vintage Blanc de Blancs (‘white from white’), with the wine reflecting our distinct Chardonnay sections and winemaking style.
Blanc De Blancs
Late Feb to early March 2017
French Oak Barrique, 100% 1-4 yr old, 4 months in oak before blending, 1 month as blend before Tirage
Mid-August 2017 for Tirage. Mid-February 2019 for first Disgorge.
From selected clones and the coolest sites we derive high acid, low Baume and delicate fruit, which are then gently oxidised before primary fermentation, creating a neutral base for the delicate and balanced Blanc de Blancs style. Fruit was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed, with the first cut of the finest juice separated for this wine. Fermentation in old oak combined with a portion of polished tank ferment provides artisanal depth. Following tirage to bottle, 18 months of lees aging provided greater complexity and subtle doughy notes.
Immediately opens with a light cheddar cheese perfume which morphs into beautiful, complex notes of peach skin, sea spray, nori, champignon and delicate spice aromas that hint at sandalwood incense.
A fine bead bursting with subtle hints of peach skin and oyster shell, opening into a salty, steely freshness and long dry finish with delicate savoury tones. A very tight Margaret River Chardonnay with the lightness and freshness of a fine sparkling.