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2020 Filius Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

A sophisticated, pure and expressive interpretation of this popular Margaret River blend with enticing minerality and savoury undertones.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE An enticing, exotic perfume of preserved lemon, rosemary, olives, star anise, green twigs and a hint of lavender. PALATE This fresh style shows a lovely full body and moreish fruit weight with hints of ripe lemon and green olive flesh. The crisp, dry finish lingers with notes of passion fruit pip and fennel.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Refined winemaking techniques have better developed the exciting complexities built into the powerful, aromatic and structured fruit of Sauvignon Blanc, which is complimented by the tempering delicacy of our best parcels of Semillon. The small portion of Sauvignon Blanc fermented entirely on skins has helped to broaden and bring structure to the palate, while the use of French Oak and yeast lees has added texture. The use of wild fermentation results in better expression of our true vineyard character, giving the wine a more savoury and solid base. The wine is aged in oak and tank for 8 months before blending.
Production Notes
81% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Semillon
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
3 - 5 years
Harvest Date
February 2020
12% 1 year old French Oak Foudre, 10% 1 - 8 year old French Oak Puncheon, 8 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
November 2020
Vintage Notes

2020 was a warm vintage with low yields resulting in good quality. 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. Happily, we experienced minimal bird pressure due to the timely arrival of Marri Blossom and there was no disease pressure. Following the completion of white harvest, a rainfall event in late February provided a timely drink for the reds. Bird pressure increased resulting in the netting of our red varietals. The faster ripening period combined with lower yields led to incredible concentration in our red varietals, with substantial tannins and rich fruit flavour. 

2020 Filius Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
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  • 92 points

    The Wine Pilot - Angus Hughson

    A super impressive take on the classic Margaret River blend that brings together the immaculate oak treatments overseen by Virginia Willcock in the Vasse Felix chardonnay range with lovely purity and brightness of fruit. Mid straw in colour, there is exceptional complexity for a wine at this price. Passionfruit, guava, lanolin and citrus notes with subtle nougat oak. Good intensity follows on a punchy palate driven by crisp acidity which is again nicely offset by a gentle oak touch. Good wine now and will add more layers with a couple more years of aging.

  • 91 Points

    Stuart Knox

    Light straw-yellow colour. Pome fruit, smoke and bush honey aromatics. A fuller expression of this blend, with a weight of fruit and smoky savoury undertones. Good length and drive with acidity keeping it clean throughout and a phenolic fuzz drying the finish. Food would enhance it further.

  • 92 Points

    James Suckling

    Papaya, dried pineapple, pomelo pith, thyme, oregano and some beeswax on the nose. It’s medium-bodied with bright acidity and a textured, pithy and vibrant finish.

  • 92 Points

    Halliday Wine Companion - Jane Faulkner

    Give this some breathing space please, as it opens up offering plenty of satisfying cabernet flavour. Mulberries, blueberries doused in warm spices, chocolate with wafts of fresh herbs and menthol. Fuller bodied, there’s a ripeness with the cedary oak adding flavour alongside shapely if grainy tannins, and lots of them, too. Best of all, this is a savoury drink.

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