2014 Vasse Felix "Filius" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1245214 93 points James Suckling

 A chardonnay with focus and precision. Full body, layers of fruit that are compressed with bright acidity. Persistent and beautiful finish.  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Stylish, with a dried floral note weaving in and out of the green apple, lemon and melon flavors. Shows focused acidity and a long finish. Drink now through 2020. 180 cases imported. Web Only-2016 (MW)  (2/2016)

91 points Vinous

 The complexity of this iconic winery’s entry-level Chardonnay belies its price - 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. (JR)  (3/2016)

James Halliday

 Chief winemaker Virginia Willcock energised the winemaking and viticultural team with her no-nonsense approach and fierce commitment to quality. The estate vineyards [...] are scrupulously managed, quality the sole driver. (The 2013 vintage of Vasse Felix "Filius" was scored 95 points. The 2014 has not yet been reviewed.)

K&L Notes

A spectacular example of Margaret River Chardonnay from the founding winery of the region. This $20 wine will give serious White Burgundy a run for its money; this could be Meursault with its focused power, minerality and lovely nutty lees quality; amazing value. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L Aussie Wine Buyer) Winemaker's Notes: "A vibrant fruit base of nectarine, lemon and pineapple is wrapped in a slow yielding cloak of warm croissant, butter, vanillan and spicy oak aromas. Subtle gamey nuances bring a wild, complex dimension to a classic Margaret River Chardonnay nose. On the palate the wine has a bright citrus fruit entrance with fine natural acidity, a building luscious creamy texture and then a clean dry finish. A stunning orange and almond friand flavour highlights a generous, medium bodied and rewarding palate that will develop greater savoury weight with time in bottle. 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 barrique. In 2014 we experienced a slightly higher percentage of natural Malolactic ferment than previous vintages. Following 9 months of maturation in oak the parcels most characteristic of the vintage were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River."

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2016 | Send Email
Ever since I was introduced to Margaret River Chardonnays last year I have kept my eye on them to recommend to those looking for excellent Chardonnay at an affordable price. Right now the Vasse Felix Filius hits so many sweet spots on taste, seriousness, and price. The wine drinks with the precision, fruit, structure, and minerality of a White Burgundy but for under $20. There is a touch of smoke here and a beautiful balance of stone fruit and nuttiness with a touch of vanilla. A completely serious Chardonnay to wow with dinner and a very approachable price.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
This bottling is a great one to come out of the Margaret River region of Australia. Toasty oak and some vanilla framed the nose of this wine for me. The purity and follow through of the fruit stood out for me in particular. The length and richness is generous to say in the least. A great example of a Chardonnay that's not over done, quite well balanced.
Top Value!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2016 | Send Email
If you want to check out just how good Margaret River Chardonnay can be this is the perfect place to start! Vasse Felix is the oldest winery in Margaret River with vines dating back to the 1960s. They have long been considered an icon of this ultra premium region. Winemaker Virginia Willcock is one of the real characters of Australian wine and her vivacious personality shows through in this wine. Crafted from select estate fruit, wild yeast fermented in French oak, lots of lees contact and 9 months maturation. Classic Margaret River Chard packed full of yellow / green tree fruit, baked apple, hints of citrus, a lovely savory nutty, very Meursault like component. Tons of minerals, flashes of spiced oak; it’s very energetic and flavorful on the palate. This Chardonnay reminds me of good Meursault with its combination for power and drive with a distinctive hazelnut and flint component. Fantastic value for such a complex and well put together Chardonnay from such an established producer.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2022

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 12.5