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'.
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.
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.
"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."
"...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."
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.