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2022 Filius Chardonnay

A contemporary house style with versatile drinkability. It is a vibrant and modern Chardonnay with pure fruit, wild complexities and mouth-watering natural acidity. An earlier drinking style with alluring savoury nuances from Vasse Felix’s quality-led, minimal intervention winemaking approach.


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright pale straw. NOSE Harmonious fine fruit with savoury complexities. Bright on the nose with citrus peel, green apple, nashi pear, white peach and nectarine with undertones of jasmine, grapefruit pith and limestone. PALATE The palate is creamy and soft, yet focused, showcasing lemon curd, grapefruit and green pawpaw. There is a pristine freshness to this wine revealing a saline mineral edge and a beautiful balance. The finish is fine, delicate, savoury and long with an intriguing soft chalky texture.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Coming from multiple sites and clones, the parcels used were lighter in body and fruit weight, producing lighter, elegant fruit flavours. All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from our vineyard sites through natural fermentation with varying solids levels, judicious amounts of French oak and battonage programs tailored to the individual batch. Following 7 months of maturation in oak individual parcels were combined. It is the style of fruit from these blocks of the vineyard that creates harmony to finesse this wine, the aim being to produce a delicate, balanced and complex Chardonnay with a clean bright palate. The result is a typical Vasse Felix varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River.
Production Notes
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Fresh on release, will develop great complexities in 2-5 years
Harvest Date
16 Feb - 12 Mar 2022
French oak barrique 9% new, 23% 1 year old, 68% 2-5 years old, 7 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2023
Vintage Notes

A cool, winter-like spring saw vine growth delayed in development. Rainfall in October was significant. A dry and warm summer, with sustained warmth day and night through December, January and February, possibly influenced by another La Niña season, saw a rapid ripening period for all white varieties, with all vineyards harvested in little over a month. Fruit quality was excellent with surprising delicacy and elegance. A low yielding vintage, primarily due to spring conditions over the past two years. Warm and rapid veraison for whites in January was ideal and saw the Chardonnay’s desirable ripe flavours pronounce themselves quickly. Vine health remains fantastic, with fruit quality high and flavours concentrated.

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  • 93 points

    Wine Enthusiast - Christina Pickard

    A doorway to the renowned Vasse Felix style (but a delicious wine in its own right), this opens with vibrant, tangy fruit, like freshly pressed pineapples, woven with lemon verbena and white blossoms. There’s just a hint of toasty saline character underneath. The palate follows a similar through line, with lovely texture and a subtle barrel- and-lees influence that’s well integrated with the tingly, crunchy acidity. Drink now and over the next few years. V22

  • 91 points

    James Suckling

    A mid-weighted wine that packs plenty in the bottle for the price, brimming with accents of canned peach, mango chunks and nougat, with a curb of oak offering compression and tension. A tangy finish. V22

  • 90 points

    Halliday Wine Companion 2024 - Jane Faulkner

    For a chardonnay reflecting regional attributes, and perhaps a bit of house style, this works well. It’s well made, managing the citrus, stone fruit and spice components with some funky sulphides and subtle oak. Good texture, too, and it’s one to enjoy without overthinking it. V22

  • "Textured, restrained creaminess"

    The Real Review - Aaron Brasher

    Pretty aromas of nectarine, green melon, white flowers, flint and citrus. Fresh, straightforward and lively on the palate. There’s also a textured, restrained creaminess and a touch of grip on the finish. V22

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