“Restrained like a lion on a leash.”
96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
The fruit was hand-harvested, chilled, gently whole-bunch pressed and transferred to French oak barriques as unclarified juice for fermentation with only natural yeasts from the vineyard. Each parcel was left on lees in barrel for 9 months of maturation with battonage.
“From Vasse Felix’s premier vineyards focused on Wilyabrup, barrel-fermented and matured in French oak (42% new) for 9 months. The bouquet is still developing, but the palate guarantees the medium to long-term future of a chardonnay with exceptional length and intensity, pear, white peach and grapefruit combining to make light work of the oak. Restrained like a lion on a leash.” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday