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2016 Filius Chardonnay

Vasse Felix Chardonnay is typified by its bright, elegant fruit, subtle wild complexities and a tight acid structure, reflecting the vibrancy and purity of this variety in Margaret River. 'Filius' translates to 'son of' in Latin, reflecting the relationship between this wine and its premier 'father'.

  • Colour

    Pale straw with a green tinge


    Very lifted, elegant and complex with honey nougat, green pineapple, lemon pith, lovely hints of nectarine, ginger, sage, custard tart crust, almond meal and cedar.


    Tight, restrained and complex with some creaminess immediately, but arriving quickly is fine, taut natural acidity carrying refined flavours. Lemon pith with hints of lime and custard tart are carried long on a dry finish to the palate which will soften and develop complexity with time.
  • Winemaker's notes

    All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from our vineyard sites through natural fermentation with varying solids levels, fine French oak and battonage programs tailored to the individual batch. Following 9 months of maturation in oak the parcels of vibrant fruit and elegant fruit weight with complexity were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River. This year we underwent MLF as the acids were high at harvest.
  • Varietals 100% Chardonnay
    Alcohol 12.5%
    Cellaring potential 2-5 years
    HarvestedFebruary 2016
    Oak100% French Oak, 9 months (19% new, 81% 1-4yo)
    Residual Sugar1.22g/L
    BottledNovember 2016
  • Vintage Description

    Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and bright natural acidity.
2016 Filius Chardonnay
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  • 2016 Filius Chardonnay  - Reviews


  • Generous, yet refined
    'Son of' the Vasse Felix Chardonnay and made with the same winemaking philosophy. It has a generous, yet refined fruit profile, from parcels grown in each of the Vasse Felix Vineyards. Made since 1990.
  • 94 points
    Cameron Douglas MS (New Zealand)
    Ripe and fruit centred bouquet with noticeable new oak showing juicy, nutty vanilla tones, light salty tone and Burgundian-like mineral tones; overall complex. On the palate - firm, fruity, fleshy and dry; flavours of citrus then stone fruit with grapefruit and lemon tones then peach and apple; medium+ (ish) acidity accentuated with new oak and fine tannins; a youthful wine overall. The combination of flavours and textures show a balanced and well made example that will stand the test of time if cellared well. Lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2028. (2015)
    January 2017
  • Fresh
    Country Life
    Is a beautiful greenish-gold colour and has fresh acidity and an almost Puligny-Montrachetesque refinement. (2015)
    November 2016
  • Vibrancy and purity
    House and Garden - UK
    I love a good Chardonnay - anything from taut, streamlined, mineral Chablis to fuller, richer, barrel-aged styles. But it has to be good. I draw the line at cheap, mass-produced Chardonnays that taste of tropical fruit, lemon-sherbet sweets and oak chips. I'm glad to have got that of my chest. Now to this week's wine: a Chardonnay that edges discreetly towards the fuller style, but balances its rich lemony fruit, toasted wheat and cashew-nut flavours with a lingering vibrancy and purity. It comes from the Margaret River region south of Perth in Western Australia and from the first estate to be established there, Vasse Felix back in 1967. Happy 50th birthday. Drink it any time over the next three years with chicken, pork, fish cakes or fish pie, or dishes with cheese. (2015)
    February 2017
  • 90 Points
    Toronto Star
    Bright, cresting notes of lemon -- lemon squirt, lemon zest, lemon oil -- as well as ginger and bitter lime characterize this taut, tart drop. It's a stark reminder Australia makes so much more than fruit-drenched, sunshine-in-a-glass styles of wine when the grapes hail from cooler regions -- such as Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and the chillier, maritime microclimates in Margaret River. Serve this exciting little number with teriyaki salmon and rice.
    July 2017
  • 90 points
    The Globe and Mail
    All over southern Australia these days winemakers are clamouring to find elevated sites to capture more vibrant flavours than has been the norm in that country. They should all move to Margaret River in the remote west, where coolness is easy to come by. Here's an impressive example from a terrific producer, registering just 12.5- per-cent alcohol (how un-Australian!). It's got lemon-lime zestiness, apple and, remarkably for a ripe chardonnay, a suggestion of herbs.
    July 2017
  • 91 points
    A very fresh and clean white with sliced apple, lemon and peach. Medium to full body, bright acidity. Cream and hints of vanilla. Vivid finish. Screw cap. Drink now.
    July 2017
  • 90 Points
    Halliday Wine Companion
    2015 Vintage
    August 2017
  • "On song"
    The Times UK
    On song, elegant, citrus, yellow apple and pineapple-scented charmer.
    October 2017
  • Hard to beat
    Winsor's Choice Blog
    Filius (son of in Latin) may be the entry-level chardonnay in the impressive Vasse Felix line-up but for immediate drinking pleasure, it is hard to beat. The first winery to be planted in Margaret River remains a national treasure with winemaker Virginia Willcock very much at the top of her game. This has vibrant but elegant fruit characters (think citrus and finger limes), and tight acid backbone. There is a certain willfulness here thanks to nine months of maturation in older oak and battonage treatment. The more expensive estate chardonnay and the flagship Heytesbury also shine from this vintage, but this is the one to enjoy right. $28.
    October 2017
  • 91 points
    Wine Spectator
    Vibrant dried pineapple, toast and lemon curd flavors are expressive and detailed, showing off notes of fresh ginger, lemon verbena and white pepper. Transparent and juicy on the finish. Drink now through 2023.
    October 2017
  • 92 points
    The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
    A lighter and highly fragrant chardonnay that is really Vasse Felix's might good entry level. Its stylistically different with less winemaking, but the fruit intensity is good with lemony grapefruit characters and a subtle use of oak to add some spice to the finish.
    November 2017

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