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2023 Filius Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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


Tasting Notes
APPEARANCE Pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE Immediately lifted, perfumed and floral with varietal purity. Fresh lime curd, passionfruit pulp, guava and lemon sorbet jump out of the glass. Cassis bud, lemon biscuit, gooseberry and hints of rambutan mingle with background notes of red capsicum. PALATE Soft and luscious upon entry, generous guava and lemon zest mingle within the rounded, fleshy fruit profile. The quenching preserved lemon acid-line provides structure, with gently puckering persistence rounding out an extremely moreish palate.
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 portion of Sauvignon Blanc fermented entirely on skins has helped to broaden and bring structure to the palate, while the use of French oak maturation contributes incredible texture. The significant portion of wild fermentation results in better expression of vineyard character, contributing a more savoury and solid core. The wine was aged in oak and tank for 3 months before harmonising as a blend in tank for an additional 2 months.
Production Notes
71% Sauvignon Blanc, 29% Semillon
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Fresh on release, to 5 years
Harvest Date
20 February – 16 March 2023
88% Direct pressed and juice racked to stainless steel tank and puncheo, 12% fermented on full skins in static and open fermenters. 54% Inoculated with specialised organic yeast, 46% Wild fermented.
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
August 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.

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  • 91 Points

    Halliday Wine Companion 2024 - Jane Faulkner

    A lot more going on here than many other SBS blends from the region this vintage, and that’s no BS either. Lots of citrus and distinct lime oil characters, some pastry (presumably from part of the wine being barrel fermented) with a lovely texture, all slippery, creamy with a little phenolic grip. A good drink without overcomplicating things. V22

  • 91 Points

    The Real Review - 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. (v20)

  • 90 Points

    The Real Review - Huon Hooke

    Lemon-essence aroma, simple and pronounced. The wine is bright and pleasantly citrusy on palate, with intensity and length, straightforward and clean finishing. The aftertaste is firm, dry and lip-smacking. V22

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