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 conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and bright natural acidity.
A lighter and highly fragrant chardonnay that is really Vasse Felix's might good entry level. Its stylistically different with less winemaking, but the fruit intensity is good with lemony grapefruit characters and a subtle use of oak to add some spice to the finish.
Ripe and fruit centred bouquet with noticeable new oak showing juicy, nutty vanilla tones, light salty tone and Burgundian-like mineral tones; overall complex. On the palate - firm, fruity, fleshy and dry; flavours of citrus then stone fruit with grapefruit and lemon tones then peach and apple; medium+ (ish) acidity accentuated with new oak and fine tannins; a youthful wine overall. The combination of flavours and textures show a balanced and well made example that will stand the test of time if cellared well. Lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2028. (2015)
Is a beautiful greenish-gold colour and has fresh acidity and an almost Puligny-Montrachetesque refinement. (2015)
Bright, cresting notes of lemon -- lemon squirt, lemon zest, lemon oil -- as well as ginger and bitter lime characterize this taut, tart drop. It's a stark reminder Australia makes so much more than fruit-drenched, sunshine-in-a-glass styles of wine when the grapes hail from cooler regions -- such as Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and the chillier, maritime microclimates in Margaret River. Serve this exciting little number with teriyaki salmon and rice.