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'.
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.
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.
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. (Wine Safari Score: 92/100 Greg Sherwood MW)
Respected and awarded worldwide, Virginia Willcock, Chief Winemaker at Vasse Felix, is very talented. I especially enjoy her deft touch with chardonnay. In the Filius, hazelnut, butter, lime and white peach notes, along with creamy texture, are perfectly balanced with pronounced acidity. This wine can just as easily pair with lemon roasted chicken as with grilled salmon. The ultimate match? Snow crab with hot butter.
A lighter chardonnay
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)