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2013 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'.



Tasting Notes
COLOUR Deep straw with a green tinge. NOSE An intensely fragrant vintage of Chardonnay with lovely fresh firm peach, a hint of pineapple and delicate floral and sorbolene fragrance. Barrel fermentation has provided notes of vanilla and Kahlua. PALATE A fine, but powerful palate, with luscious, soft creamy texture with hints of tropical fruits. A lovely acid line provides freshness and a clean finish with a lovely dry and flavoured grapefruit finish. It has a succulent rounded Chardonnay profile.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The fruit was picked based upon freshness and acidity to preserve its vibrant, primary fruit flavours and structure. All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from our vineyard sites through natural fermentation with varying solids levels, the astute selection of French oak and battonage programs tailored to the individual barrique. Following 9 months of maturation in oak the parcels most characteristic of the vintage were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now, can cellar up to 5 years
Harvest Date
February 2013
100% French oak, 9 months (28% new French, 72% 1-3 year old)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2014
Vintage Notes


Moderate spring temperatures accompanied by low solar radiation and cool soil conditions contributed to slower vine growth and increased disease pressure. Thankfully, a consistently warm and dry summer ensured clean canopies and another early start to the white harvest. Rapidly cooling weather in March allowed extended ripening time for the reds and more traditional harvest timing through late March into April.

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  • 95 Points

    The Weekend Australian - James Halliday

    Leaps out of the glass with a great burst of energy, an awesome entry point Margaret River chardonnay from one of the region's great producers; white peach on entry morphs to pink grapefruit on the vibrantly fresh finish.

  • Drinkster - Philip White

    "The standard "entry-level" Vasse has been given a fresh name since the incorporation of new vineyards and the completion of an eight-year program of rejuvenation of the original vines. Hazelnuts, cashew, cinder toffee, butterscotch and buttery Comice pear make up a fairly traditional Australian-style premium Chardonnay bouquet, more after the clunky old Mountadam style than skinny, modern Mildura. The palate is lush and luxurious, with precise acid and a splinter of fancy French oak, somewhere between lemony and gingery. It'd be lovely with scallops grilled on their shells with little shreds of mandarin peel then garnished with fresh spring onions."

  • 93 points

    The Wine Front - Mike Bennie

    "...father to son, its what we've always done Gillette, the best a man can ge-e-et. Vasse Felix now shifting gears and focussing on cabernet and chardonnay 'Icon', 'Premier' and 'Filius' wines are the new strata. Filius, son of Premier. Release the hounds. Pitch-perfect nougat wood meets brisk stone fruit scents with a flicker of matchsticky funk for good measure. Racy style delivers very refreshing hit of citrus-and-apple flavour while showing that gentle lick of oaky complexity. Long in flavour, tight, refreshing and with fine detail of spice, oak and acidity in tow. This is pretty, darn smart."

  • 95 points

    James Halliday Wine Companion

    The wine spent 9 months in French oak, 28% new; it leaps out of the glass with a great burst of energy, an awesome entry point Margaret River chardonnay from one of the regions truly great producers; white peach on entry morphs to pink grapefruit on the vibrantly fresh finish.