Road test forvasse Felix
A NUMBER of the current releases from the Vasse Felix winery are the finest released under these labels.
The 2013 cabernet sauvignon and the 2014 Filius cabernet sauvignon come to mind, as does the 2015 Filius chardonnay.
The chardonnays and cabernets from this winery have improved almost every vintage since the middle 2000s but why is this?
I love stories that explain things. A well-known western suburbs guy used to buy a new Porsche every year.
He loved their cutting-edge technology in every new release and then Porsche withdrew from competitive international motor racing and he refused to buy the newer models.
His story is that at that stage, the cars stopped getting better year by year because their team was no longer being challenged as it had been during their racing era.
After about 10 years, Porsche went back to international motor racing.
Almost immediately the lessons learned from the track flowed into the road cars and put Porsche amongst the innovation leaders once more; our man started buying Porsches again.
In this wine story, it is Vasse Felix’s innovative work behind the scenes with its premium Heytesbury chardonnay that is gaining Virginia Willcock’s winemaking team added knowledge, year by year, in both viticulture and every aspect of wine making.
These trials have included detailed work on wild and barrel fermentations and on classifying specific vineyard sites.
These results flow on to the $45 Estate and the $28 Filius range wines.
The 2015 Vasse Felix Filius chardonnay is the best wine under this label to date.
In its masked line-up of 19 wines, it was clearly the best value for money.
It has a marvellous finish and wonderful lingering aftertaste. 18.4 points and $28.
Vasse Felix chief winemaker Virginia Willcock and her winemaking team.