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2023 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 Opens with pretty fruit fragrances of peach blossom, mandarin pith and lemon sorbet notes. Underpinned by hints of apple pie crust, lemongrass and lightly spicy sandalwood. With time, these notes will develop more beautiful savoury complexities. PALATE An incredibly fresh entry with a juicy and soft palate fills the mouth, then morphs into a light, dry flowing finish. Beautifully balanced floral, green apple and firm nectarine notes mingle with traces of lemon sorbet and granita biscuits.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Crafted from selected sites and clones producing lighter bodied and elegantly weighted Chardonnay fruit. Each parcel was handled with respect to the unique qualities imbued by the vineyard with natural fermentation, varying solids levels, judicious use of oak and batch specific battonage. For the first time crafting this wine we incorporated three new, large format French oak foudres for maturation in combination with French oak barriques. The foudres allowed for great preservation of fruit and some unique development characters. Following seven months maturation the individual parcels were seamlessly blended. The selected fruit parcels and the winemaking approach combine to produce a wine of harmony and finesse with balance, complexity and a clean, bright palate. The result is a typical Vasse Felix varietal Margaret River Chardonnay.
Production Notes
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Fresh on release, will develop great complexities in 2-5 years
Harvest Date
14 Feb - 10 Mar 2023
French oak barrique and foudre, 5% new barriques, 5% new foudres, 90% 1-7 year old barriques, 7 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
November 2023
Vintage Notes

A cool dry spring delayed vine development by 2-3 weeks, allowing time to open canopies which paid off come veraison. December, January and February brought consistent dry and warm conditions which saw vine development catch up nicely. Yields and bunch weights were a highlight, with fruit displaying beautiful balance. Ideal mild conditions allowed Chardonnay to develop bright acidity and sound flavour ripeness. March brought three small rain incidents, the most significant of which occurred post white harvest. Cool evenings and moderate daytime temperatures with afternoon sea breezes were ideal for gentle, consistent tannin ripening in our reds which maintained dense flavour. Low Marri Blossom presence resulted in the largest netting program since 2019, with bird pressure at a high during harvest. Overall, vineyard plots have shown excellent balance with more fruit and canopy, reflecting vine health and minimal heat stress from a milder season.

2023 Filius Chardonnay
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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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