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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.

2020 Filius Chardonnay
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  • 92 points

    Wine Enthusiast

    This entry-level wine opens with a lift of tangy citrus and stone fruit, with just a hint of oak and native yeast complexities. The palate is light to medium in weight with a gentle textural creaminess, bright fruit and a salty crunchto the acidity. It’s a classy yet approachable wine that demonstrates how much Aussie Chard has grown up.

  • 91 points

    Wine Spectator

    Expressive and generous, with ripe pear, yellow apple and spice notes that have plenty of concentration and a lush frame. A note of mouthwatering lemon curd lingers on the finish.

  • 93 points

    The Wine Pilot - Angus Hughson

    A ripper little chardonnay from Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock thanks to the warm and dry vintage which offers outstanding value. The winemaking is perfectly pitched to offer attractive upfront fruit and complexity in an earlier drinking style. Bright medium straw in colour it opens with tangy nectarine and white peach fruits typical of Margaret River that is lifted by spicy, nougat oak complexity with the slightest hint of smoky gunflint. There is then good generosity of fruit and subtle oak on the palate with a slightly creamy texture but also chalky acidity. Precision and fruit focus to finish again mark this as very classy for the price. Enjoy it over the next five years.

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