In the context of always being assured that you will never be disappointed with any wine within a portfolio, Vasse Felix can hit all the right notes. Be it with its Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay and with either its entry level wines or its higher tiered offerings, you won’t feel like you were short changed. The entry level Filius range can compete with many wineries higher-tier offerings and the recently released 2021 Filius Chardonnay is a great example of what Vasse Felix and the Margaret River have to offer for the varietal.
Bright pale straw with a green tinge.
A delicate perfume of lemon cheesecake, panna cotta, a touch of pawpaw, light herbal coriander and lemon verbena notes, is supported by the underlying aroma of limestone and hazelnuts.
Light yet fleshy with lovely bright acidity, the palate carries to a crunchy, chalky finish with hints of green pawpaw, white peach and custard tart.
93 points Wine Enthusiast Editor’s Choice
The entry level Chardonnay from Margaret River’s oldest estate is a steal, and a stellar intro into this West Aussie style. Delicate and seamlessly integrated notes of lightly toasted hazelnut and cream lead, with a salty sea breeze vibe. The pineapple, melon and preserved lemon notes take supporting roles. It’s beautifully balanced, and the crunchy acidity neatly juxtaposing the textural weight. Finessed with polish and craftmanship, but also utterly drinkable now.
93 points James Suckling
A white of solid fruit with white peaches, apple and hints of vanilla and oak. Medium to full body, creamy texture and a flavorful finish. Lots going on here.
90 points Wine Advocate
Crunchy, minerally and taut, a briney seam of acidity and phenolics strike through the heart of this wine and pull it through the finish. This 2021 Filius Chardonnay is on the crunchy, vibrant end of the Chardonnay spectrum, not just within the Vasse Felix house style but within the regional context as well. This is a cleverly made, uncomplicated Chardonnay. I love the salted nuts through the finish.
‘Son of’ the Vasse Felix Chardonnay. This is a modern, pure and vibrant style, with elegant fruit, wild complexities and mouthwatering natural acidity, crafted from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix vineyards
The Filius Chardonnay is crafted from our lighter weight, pretty, fruit driven Chardonnay sections. These selections are best and led with judicious oak and lighter solids in fermentation, producing a perfectly balanced, complex and fine Chardonnay with a clean bright palate. All parcels were treated in respect of the unique characters of our four vineyard sites. Natural fermentation with varying solids levels, fine French oak and battonage programs were tailored to each individual batch. Following 8 months of maturation in oak, the parcels were combined to create a vibrant, elegant and complex Margaret River Chardonnay in the distinct Estate style.