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2017 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 Bright pale straw colour. NOSE Light notes of pineapple, grapefruit and crunchy nectarine purity provide a bright fruit base. French oak and time on yeast lees contribute delicious secondary layers of ginger, vanilla biscuit, almond meal and lemon curd. PALATE Light and fine, in touch with delicate citrus flavour, a hint vanilla biscuit and a zesty polished acid tang. It delivers a spotless palate that evokes a mouth-watering, river stone dryness coupled to a fine savoury, silky texture.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from each of our vineyard sites; natural fermentation with varying solids levels, fine French Oak and battonage programs were tailored to each individual batch. Following 8 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. For the second year in a row, we underwent MLF due to high acidity at harvest.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2023
Harvest Date
Late Feb - Early March
French Oak Barrique, 15% New, 85% 1-5 year old, 8 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2018
Vintage Notes


2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. There was a warm start to March to finish the white harvest, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.

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  • 92 Points

    Wine Spectator July 2018

    Simultaneously supple and juicy in texture, with an elegant, fresh expression of apple, lemon and flavors that are vibrant, intense and mouthwatering. Subtle white pepper and green tea notes linger in the background.

  • 92 Points

    James Suckling

    Aromas of stones and cooked apples. Cream and pralines, too. Medium body, lovely fruit and acidity. So satisfying. Drink now. Screw cap.

  • 92 Points

    Greg Sherwood MW

    Wild yeasts and 100% barrique fermented. Remarkable dusty, gravelly, cool climate Chardonnay feel with vibrance, brightness and linearity. Nose is full of lime peel, oat meal, brioche, ripe lemon and savoury buttery biscuit notes. Steely, taught, lemon and lime cordial notes are packed with layers of gravelly limestone minerality, bright acids and an incredibly youthful, saline, pineapple leesy finish. Very impressive for the price.

  • A lighter chardonnay

    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. (2016 Vintage)