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Vasse Felix

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2015 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'.

 

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale straw with a green. NOSE Lovely lemon biscuit, with light peach and pineapple notes meddle with a complexing lift of grapefruit pith, ghee, hints of spicy ginger oak and savoury herbed bread crust. PALATE The palate lands soft and creamy with a rapid mouth-watering acidity. The flavour carries peach, pineapple and lemon pith, finishing pleasantly dry and fresh with lingering savoury spicy oak under the bright fruit.
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 batch. Following 9 months of maturation in oak, the parcels with vibrant fruit perfumes and elegant fruit weight with complex yeast and integrated oak as an overall blend, were combined to create a unique vibrant complex varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
12.5
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Drinks beautifully now, will reward over 2-5 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
February 2015
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French oak, 9 months (22% new, 78% 1-4 year old)
TA:
Acid
7.6g/L
pH:
pH
3.24
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
1.1g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
November 2015
Vintage Notes
2015

VINTAGE DESCRIPTION

Mild conditions in Margaret River with no extreme weather conditions, allowing for balanced fruit and a slow and steady intake. There was no disease pressure and fruit quality is excellent the only disappointment was yields being down across the Region for all key varieties. This was the outcome of storms in Spring and pressure from an increase in the local population of Silver Eyes (birds) and no Marri Blossom.

2015 Filius Chardonnay
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Reviews
  • 91 points

    The West Australian Wine Guide Ray Jordan

    Pure and vibrant expression of chardonnay at what is the entry level for Vasse Felix these days. Crunchy with a vibrant minerality and pristine fruit definition. Such fine delicate lines persistent through to the long finish.

  • 87+ points

    The Wine Front

    The entry level Chardonnay in the Vasse Felix trio. It's pretty racy in style, and light on too. Has a slight lettuce and mint character over mixed citrus, and some butter to smell, less so to taste. Tart and tangy, all green apple and citrus, and kind of abrasive and edgy. The shape of it is pretty good, but the finish is quite green. I don't think your average Chardonnay drinker will love it so much; Sauvignon fanciers might be happier with it. Suspect it will be a better wine with another year in bottle.

  • Fresh

    Country Life

    Is a beautiful greenish-gold colour and has fresh acidity and an almost Puligny-Montrachetesque refinement.

  • 89 points

    Decanter

    This Chardonnay evokes the rich style of barrel fermented white Rioja, with its citrus, caramelised apple and oak aromas and intense fresh green and baked apple fruit flavours. A good level of acidity pierces through the richness, making this an approachable wine. There is a sweeter tangerine note to the finish.