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2020 Filius Chardonnay

‘Son of’ the Vasse Felix Chardonnay. This is a modern, pure and vibrant style, with elegant fruit, wild complexities and mouth-watering natural acidity, crafted from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE A delicate perfume of lemon cheesecake, panna cotta, a touch of pawpaw, light herbal coriander and lemon verbena notes, is supported by the underlying aroma of limestone and hazelnuts. PALATE Light yet fleshy with lovely bright acidity, the palate carries to a crunchy, chalky finish with hints of green pawpaw, white peach and custard tart.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES The Filius Chardonnay is crafted from our lighter weight, pretty, fruit-driven Chardonnay sections. These selections are best handled with judicious oak and lighter solids in fermentation, producing a perfectly balanced, complex and fine Chardonnay with a clean bright palate. All parcels were treated in respect of the unique characters of our four 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 vibrant, elegant and complex Margaret River Chardonnay in the distinct Estate style.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Fresh on release, 2-5 years to reveal beautiful complexities
Harvest Date
Late Jan - Mid Feb 2020
French Oak Barriques, 13% new, 23% 1 year old, 64% 2-5 year old, 8 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2021
Vintage Notes

2020 was a stunning vintage featuring low yields with fantastic quality; characteristics that will define this vintage as ‘rare and fine’. Spring development was early followed by a warm start to summer and continuing into fine sunny, dry conditions throughout the summer months. This, combined with lower yields, brought an early start to harvest. Early conditions were ideal with minimal bird pressure due to the timely arrival of Marri Blossom and no disease pressure. Bird pressure increased following a rainfall event late February, resulting in the netting of our red varietals. Conditions cooled slightly during Cabernet veraison, extending the season for ideal tannin ripening and fruit flavour preservation.

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  • 'surprisingly serious Margaret River Chardonnay'

    Wine Pilot

    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. It is a wine where all the pieces of great chardonnay are visible although in an early drinking style. 93 points, v19

  • 'immediate appeal'

    The Wine Front

    The Filius wines are in a pretty good place. This is chardonnay with immediate appeal and yet it’s fine, dry, almost flinty length keeps it playing in the quality arena. 91 points, v19

  • 'Lovely aperitif style'

    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. 91 points, v19

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