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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'.

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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.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
13.0
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Now until 2024
Harvested:
Harvest Date
Early Feb 2018
Oak:
Fermentation
French Oak Barrique, 20.5% new, 79.5% 1-5 year old, 8 months
TA:
Acid
7.1g/L
pH:
pH
3.22
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
1.62g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
January 2019
Vintage Notes
2018

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.

2018 Filius Chardonnay
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SKU: 18FCH7AU12
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Reviews
  • 91 points

    LCBO VINTAGES

    Elegant, medium-high to high intensity nose is complex with stonefruit, apple, stone mineral, lime citrus, and herbally aromas with a slightly reductive character. It is medium-full bodied on the palate with very nice, balanced aroma replays. Bright acids are well-balanced. Excellent finish length.

  • 92 points

    Waters and Wine

    Made in the house style, this is marked with a reductive note that gives way to a pleasing mix of citrus and mineral notes. Filius is crisp and complex, a refined style that continues to be at the vanguard of Australian Chardonnay. Its zesty, bright acidity and appealing texture makes this appealing now and with potential to develop nicely over the next three to five years.

  • 91 points

    Natalie Maclean (nataliemaclean.com)

    Vasse Felix's Filius is a cool-climate Chardonnay from the Margaret River Valley in Australia. Rich, dry with fresh ripe apple, tropical fruit, bright citrus and toasty flavours on the palate from oak ageing. Enjoy now and for the next three years.

  • 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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