‘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.
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.
'surprisingly serious Margaret River Chardonnay'
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
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'
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