Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weeks before a run of below average temperatures in January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong daily sea breezes preserving vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural malolactic ferment in our Chardonnays. Meanwhile, the reds ripened slowly and gently through a dry Autumn ensuring fully developed tannins and a slightly riper and fleshier fruit profile to 2017.
Vasse Felix Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
The more sophisticated interpretation of this popular Margaret River blend. Made from a selection of our most intense parcels of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon fruit, using intricate winemaking techniques to develop a powerful, textural wine with brooding savoury undertones.
82% Sauvignon Blanc, 18% Semillon
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Late Feb to Mid-March 2018
49% French Oak Barrique and Puncheon (67% new, 33% 1-5 year old), 6 months
Refined winemaking techniques have better developed the exciting complexities built into the powerful, aromatic and structured fruit of Sauvignon Blanc, which is complimented by the tempering delicacy of our best parcels of Semillon. The small portion of Sauvignon Blanc fermented entirely on skins has helped to broaden and bring structure to the palate, while the use of new French Oak has added spice to the aroma and additional tannin texture to the palate. The use of wild fermentation results in better expression of our true vineyard character, giving the wine a more savoury and solid core. The wine is aged in oak and tank for 6 months before blending.
A perfume that takes you to the tropics, with traces of star fruit, pineapple, mango, durian fruit and lemongrass. A hint of custard tart and kaffir lime give way to more earthy notes, reminiscent of a woody forest walk in summer with some coastal sea spray blowing through.
Amazing density for such a fresh wine. Fleshy fruit on the palate follows the tropical theme with guava-like characters, while a wonderful texture of savoury tannin dryness completes the finish, leaving the palate dry but full of fruit and forest perfumes.