We are always evolving and adjusting vineyard and winemaking variables to improve wines within the Vasse Felix Collection. Sometimes there are riskier trials we seek to explore on particular fruit parcels. Science and intuition suggests they may be great advancements; however we have only conventional experience. These trials are broken off from our primary programs. When the results are revolutionary, a small batch is bottled under a Black Label.
ColourA slightly darker appearance than most SBS with skin contact and barrel maturation solidifying the depth of colour.
NoseExotic floral and spice perfumes interwoven so tight with the fruity nuisances it's hard to pull apart. Dried petals and eucalyptus leaves, sandalwood, warm ironstone gravel, lime marmalade, quince, passionfruit and melon, to mention a few.
PalateA soft full body entrance moves quickly to an external mouth filling tannin dryness with beautiful elevated complex flavours, not heavy, lifted, but full. A mineral, slate, citrus, almost vanilla quince paste flavour remains. Extraordinary array of flavours and dryness making this an amazing sensation on the palate.
Winemaker's notesMade from the desire to bring more complexity and soul into the SBS style from this region. Blanc is inspired by our winemaking program for Cabernet Sauvignon. It is fermented wild on skins like our Cabernet and matured in quality oak for an extended time to allow the skin tannins to integrate with the oak tannins. After maturation it is blended with wild fermented Semillon to complete the wine. Only a few cases have been bottled from this more extreme work, the balance lies within the premium Sauvignon Blanc Semillon under the Vasse Felix label.
Varietals 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% SemillonAlcohol 13.0%HarvestedFebruary 2014Oak100% French oak, 15 months, 80% newTA6.6 g/LPH3.36Residual Sugar1.5 g/L
Vintage DescriptionAnother text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in Spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent.