2015 Vasse Felix "Filius" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1291742 92 points Wine Spectator

 Focused and intense, this offers a burst of fresh mango and lime juice on a sleek and polished frame. Shows plenty of energy on the long finish. Drink now through 2022. (MW)  (10/2016)

90 points James Halliday

 Filius (son of) is made using the same approach as its siblings, but with different estate-sourced grapes, and barrel-fermented and matured in 22% new French oak. It is well balanced, its early picking showing through in the zesty grapefruit-accented acidity which invests the wine with excellent freshness.

90 points Vinous

 Pale yellow-gold. Pear skin, melon, orange pith, chamomile and tarragon on the perfumed nose. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering vibrant citrus and orchard fruit flavors underscored by a vein of smoky minerality. Becomes deeper and smokier with air, finishing with very good energy and firm mineral bite. (JR)  (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Gently creamy aroma, and then a attractive note of oatmeal and orange on the palate, underpinned by citrus freshness. More savoury on the palate, with a mealy lees quality adding texture and length. Beautifully balanced and long. *Good Value* (JH)  (10/2016)

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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.

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 12.5