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'.
Another 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. Chardonnay has intensity and balance, and particularly good natural acidity.
Carrying a new name, this replaces the regular Margaret River chardonnay in VF's range that's been made since 1990, a first step in a range of three up to the elite Heytesbury. This has plenty of the same DNA with its ripeness kept in check. Tempting.
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.
The Filius was, for me, on par with the regular chardonnay in quality, it is that good albeit in a contrasting style.
You will fall in love with the easy drinkability of this wine from the first sniff. It is a fruit-driven style but one with complex mealy savoury notes in there. The palate is light but intense with excellent pure fruit definition. Lovely complete palate and mouthfeel with a lingering finish.