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2019 Filius Chardonnay

Vasse Felix Chardonnay is typified by its bright, elegant fruit, subtle wild complexities, tight structure and fresh acidity, 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 Fragrant notes of white fleshed stone fruit, granny smith apple, custard and citrus blossom. Elegant aromas of lovely nutty fruit muesli, Danish pastry and a hint of spicy ginger evoke complexity throughout. PALATE A soft and creamy entrance with elevated pear custard, white peach and almond flavours builds to reveal a lovely fresh acidity and a dry, toasted muesli finish.
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 fourth 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.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Now until 2025
Harvest Date
Late February 2019
French Oak Barriques, 13% new, 17% 1 year old, 70% 2-5 year old, 8 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2020
Vintage Notes

A cool, high-humidity start to vintage meant we benefited greatly from precise canopy management to mitigate disease pressure and optimise sun exposure for the fruit. The success of this program enabled us to harvest ripe, clean fruit with slightly lower alcohol and great natural acidity. Mild conditions allowed for extended ripening, creating beautiful aromatics and fine ripe tannins in our reds. Marri Blossom was non-existent throughout the region in 2019, resulting in the largest netting program ever seen at Vasse Felix to protect the fruit from bird damage. Overall, a labour-intensive vintage that resulted in beautiful quality fruit. 

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  • 92 points

    James Suckling

    Such juicy and attractive, ripe stone fruit rules the nose with an edge of mineral and flint. The palate is mouthwateringly juicy and offers a wealth of peach, pear and mango flavor, wrapped up in a dry, crisp finish. Drink now. Screw cap.

  • 93 points

    Wine Spectator

    This distinctive version strikes an appealing balance between a core of fresh citrus flavors of pear, lime and Meyer lemon and a rich, toasty angle with nutmeg and hazelnut. There’s a complexity and harmony on the long, expressive finish,where a rooibos tea note lingers.

  • 93 Points

    Wine Pilot - Angus Hughson

    Expectations are always high for the Filius Chardonnay as over the years it has shown itself to be a surprisingly serious Margaret River Chardonnay. Plenty of local winemakers struggle to make their top wines as good as #3 from Vasse Felix, which is a tribute to Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock.

  • 91 Points

    Ray Jordan - Wine Guide 2021

    An almost bracing and certainly fresh and lively young chardonnay made for pretty much immediate drinking. Lovely aperitif style if you wish.

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