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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.