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2014 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 Pale straw with a green tinge. Nose A vibrant fruit base of nectarine, lemon and pineapple is wrapped in a slow yielding cloak of warm croissant, butter, vanillan and spicy oak aromas. Subtle gamey nuances bring a wild, complex dimension to a classic Margaret River Chardonnay nose. Palate The palate has a bright citrus fruit entrance with fine natural acidity, a building luscious creamy texture and then a clean dry finish. A stunning orange and almond friand flavour highlights a generous, medium bodied and rewarding palate that will develop greater savoury weight with time in bottle.
Winemaker Notes
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 barrique. In 2014 we experienced a slightly higher percentage of natural Malolactic ferment than previous vintages. 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
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now, will reward over 5 years
Harvest Date
February 2014
100% French oak, 9 months (21% new, 79% old)
6.9 g/L
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.7 g/L
Bottling Date
January 2015
Vintage Notes

Vintage Description

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.

2014 Filius Chardonnay
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  • Adelaide Advertiser

    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.

  • Indaily/ Drinkster Blog

    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.

  • Hooked on Wine Blog

    The Filius was, for me, on par with the regular chardonnay in quality, it is that good albeit in a contrasting style.

  • 93 points

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2016

    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.