Wednesday, September 9, 2009


 - Margaret River, WA
 - $18-$25
 - Screwcap
 - 12.0%alc

Vasse Felix make this dessert semillon using the cane cut technique. By cutting the cane at the shoot's base, the grape bunches are left detached from the vine. Over a period of time (6 weeks in this case) this method concentrates grape flavour and sugar, often resulting in lusciously sweet wines.

Intriguing in appearance yet even more intriguing in aroma, its light gold/beige colour foretells a fragrance of grilled nuts, capsicum, ginger, lemon tart and clove. Long, juicy and quirky, the palate delivers tart accents of ginger spice, capsicum and mandarin rind wrapped in toasty vanilla oak, with a mildly luscious presence of sweetness and perhaps even a trace of cooked flavour.

O This isn't a flawless wine, but its complex, idiosyncratic nuances should appeal greatly to adventurous drinkers. Drink to 2012.
89 points

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