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2018 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 An open fragrant perfume reminiscent of apple pie, delicate spice and milk arrowroot biscuits. Perfectly ripe notes of lemon, peach and mango mingle with light pear and a hint of white pepper. PALATE A very comfortable mouthfeel with fleshy softness, fruit sweetness and full body tempered by a beautiful fresh acid crunch toward the finish. Almost a mango-like texture with a tangy twist, fused with slightly undercooked pie crust.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from 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 were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River. For the third year in a row we underwent malolactic fermentation due to high natural acidity levels at harvest. Filius Chardonnay fruit tends to be lighter in body and fruit weight, from multiple clones and sites that produce elegant, lighter fruit flavours. They are best handled with judicious oak and lighter solids in fermentation, producing a perfectly balanced, complex, fine Chardonnay with a clean bright palate. It is the style of fruit from these patches of the vineyard that makes the finesse of this wine harmonious and unique.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2024
Harvest Date
Early Feb 2018
French Oak Barrique, 20.5% new, 79.5% 1-5 year old, 8 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2019
Vintage Notes

Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weeks before a run of below average temperatures in January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong daily sea breezes preserved vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural malolactic ferment in Chardonnays. Meanwhile the reds ripened slowly and gently through a dry Autumn ensuring fully developed tannins and a slightly riper and fleshier fruit profile to 2017.

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  • 93 points

    West Australian Wine Guide 2020 - Ray Jordan

    Oh boy, this is a seriously good Chardonnay for one selling for less than $30 a bottle. There is complexity and structure at a most sophisticated level. Grapefruit and lemon zest on the nose with a minerally edge. The palate has a juiciness with intense, focused fruit. Beautifully balanced with subtle understated oak. The whole thing has energy.

  • 93 points

    Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    Lightish straw-yellow colour with a smoky, toasty oak-tinged bouquet of power and character. Lovely grapefruity intensity in the mouth, bright and energetic, citrusy and penetrating. A terrific wine, showing liberal oak but balanced by powerful fruit which lingers on. Slight phenolic bitterness is simply a reminder to have it with food. Great value for money.

  • 92 points

    2021 Halliday Wine Companion

    The entry point into the Vasse Felix range of Chardonnays, one that less well endowed producers would happily present as their icon. Balance is the key, all the components in the right place at the right time. White peach, rock melon, apple and grapefruit all in harmonious balance, oak incidental.

  • 91 points

    Wine & Spirits

    Virginia Willcock selects less concentrated lots of chardonnay from Vasse Felix’s estate vineyards for Filius, fermenting them with ambient yeasts and limiting the new oak. Her 2018 is cool and zesty, the juicy nectarine flavors integrated with a little spicefrom oak tannins and lasting with leesy length. Pour it with a crayfish boil.

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