The 'Filius' from Vasse Felix are just re-badged Estate level wines to avoid confusion with the other ranges, but these more moderately-priced wines are just as good as ever. There's a bucket load of stone fruits and grapefruit citrus in this Chardy, along with hints of dairy and subtle nuttiness. The palate is more medium-bodied and creamy-textured, with peachy and earthy flavours, a nice zip of acidity and a decent, lip-smacking finish. These wines go surprisingly well with fried chicken, or some butter-poached shellfish.
Vasse Felix Chardonnay is typified by its bright, elegant fruit, subtle wild complexities and a tight acid structure, reflecting the vibrancy and purity of this variety in Margaret River. 'Filius' translates to 'son of' in Latin, reflecting the relationship between this wine and its premier 'father'.
Appearance: Pale straw with a green tinge.
Nose: Very lifted, elegant and complex with honey nougat, green pineapple, lemon pith, lovely hints of nectarine, ginger, sage, custard tart crust, almond meal and cedar.
Palate: Tight, restrained and complex with some creaminess immediately, but arriving quickly is fine, taut natural acidity carrying refined flavours. Lemon pith with hints of lime and custard tart are carried long on a dry finish to the palate which will soften and develop complexity with time.
Winemaker Comments: All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from our vineyard sites through natural fermentation with varying solids levels, fine French oak and battonage programs tailored to the individual batch. Following 9 months of maturation in oak the parcels of vibrant fruit and elegant fruit weight with complexity were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River. This year we underwent MLF as the acids were high at harvest.
Vintage Description: Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruitset and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and bright natural acidity.