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2016 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 Very lifted, elegant and complex with honey nougat, green pineapple, lemon pith, lovely hints of nectarine, ginger, sage, custard tart crust, almond meal and cedar. PALATE Tight, restrained and complex with some creaminess immediately, but arriving quickly is fine, taut natural acidity carrying refined flavours. Lemon pith with hints of lime and custard tart are carried long on a dry finish to the palate which will soften and develop complexity with time.
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 of vibrant fruit and elegant fruit weight with complexity were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River. This year we underwent MLF as the acids were high at harvest.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
2-5 years
Harvest Date
February 2016
100% French Oak, 9 months (19% new, 81% 1-4yo)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
November 2016
Vintage Notes


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.

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  • 92 points

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2018

    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.

  • 94 points

    Cameron Douglas MS (New Zealand)

    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)

  • Fresh

    Country Life

    Is a beautiful greenish-gold colour and has fresh acidity and an almost Puligny-Montrachetesque refinement. (2015)

  • 90 points

    Toronto Star

    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.

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