2014 Vasse Felix "Filius" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
A chardonnay with focus and precision. Full body, layers of fruit that are compressed with bright acidity. Persistent and beautiful finish.
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)
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)
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.)
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."