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Vasse Felix - Filius Chardonnay 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: Western Australia
  • Wine Area: Margaret River
  • Wine Maker: Virginia Willcock
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2016) VS: 91 (2014) WS: 91 (2016) JS: 91 (2016) WE: 89 (2016) JH: 90 (2016) WF: 90 (2016) RJ: 92 (2016) Misc: 4 Stars (2016)

Wine tasting notes

Bright pale straw colour. Light notes of pineapple, grapefruit and crunchy nectarine purity provide a bright fruit base. French oak and time on yeast lees contribute delicious secondary layers of ginger, vanilla biscuit, almond meal and lemon curd. Light and fine, in touch with delicate citrus flavour, a hint vanilla biscuit and a zesty polished acid tang. It delivers a spotless palate that evokes a mouth-watering, river stone dryness coupled to a fine savoury, silky texture.

Winery Information

Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in Western Australia?s Margaret River region. Established in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, it is situated in the Willyabrup sub region where ancient soils and cooling Southern and Indian Ocean breezes provide ideal conditions for fine wine production. The Vasse Felix winemaking team shares a common goal in crafting wines of exceptional quality from unique vineyard sites. Under the direction of Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock, the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)88 pts

Vasse Felix's entry-level Chardonnay, the 2016 Filius Chardonnay offers a restrained nose of pineapple and lemon curd, a medium-bodied, plump feel on the palate and a bright, refreshing finish. It's all aged in French oak (19% new), but it's noticeable only as faint hints of toasted grain or nuts—what this wine emphasizes is fresh, refined fruit.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)91 pts

Light, green-tinged yellow. Aromas of fresh melon, pear and Meyer lemon, with subtle hints of toasty lees and fennel emerging with air. Juicy and seamless on the palate, with pliant orchard and pit fruit flavors tightened and lifted by zesty acidity. Finishes sappy and quite long, with an echo of citrus fruits adding bite and focus.

Wine Spectator (2016)91 pts

Vibrant dried pineapple, toast and lemon curd flavors are expressive and detailed, showing off notes of fresh ginger, lemon verbena and white pepper. Transparent and juicy on the finish. 

James Suckling (2016)91 pts

A very fresh and clean white with sliced apple, lemon and peach. Medium to full body, bright acidity. Cream and hints of vanilla. Vivid finish. Screw cap. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2016)89 pts

As the entry-level Chardonnay from one of Margaret River's most highly lauded producers, this has a creamy opulence to it, with notes of buttercups, lemon drops and toasty oak. The palate is of medium weight, with a viscous texture and a good lick of acidity to keep things fresh, but the oak is a little flashy, particularly on the finish.

James Halliday (2016)90 pts

Straw-green; an impressive wine that is the bottom rung of a three-tier classification by Vasse Felix. It has abundant, clear-cut varietal character, exactly what you would expect from alcohol at this level. Oak has had a minimal role, helping texture rather than flavour.

Wine Front (2016)90 pts

It’s an attractive wine. It’s not underdone. Pineapple, grapefruit and pear flavours run into obvious oak-spice and cedar wood. It feels a bit too oak-influenced, in flavour profile at least, but it helps build a generous impression. Flint and custard powder-like characters add yet more. Not overly sophisticated but it will be widely enjoyed.

Ray Jordan (2016)92 pts

A lighter and highly fragrant chardonnay that is really Vasse Felix's might good entry level. Its stylistically different with less winemaking, but the fruit intensity is good with lemony grapefruit characters and a subtle use of oak to add some spice to the finish.

Miscellaneous (2016)4 stars

Cameron Douglas MS , 94pts - Ripe and fruit centred bouquet with noticeable new oak showing juicy, nutty vanilla tones, light salty tone and Burgundian-like mineral tones; overall complex. On the palate - firm, fruity, fleshy and dry; flavours of citrus then stone fruit with grapefruit and lemon tones then peach and apple; medium+ (ish) acidity accentuated with new oak and fine tannins; a youthful wine overall. The combination of flavours and textures show a balanced and well made example that will stand the test of time if cellared well. Lengthy finish. Drink now and through 2028. (2015)

Vinification Notes

All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from each of our 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 of vibrant fruit and elegant fruit weight with complexity, were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River. For the second year in a row, we underwent MLF due to high acidity at harvest.