2020 Vasse Felix Margaret River Filius Chardonnay

93 Points Richard Caro
In stock
Great discount on this classy Chardonnay from Margaret River's old hands. This is the cheapest of Vasse Felix's three tiers of Chardonnay, and reviewers often comment on how this is like a "junior version" of their famous top tier Heystesbury (though less powerful, obviously), with balanced flows of gently smoky, mineral and nougat nuances wrapped in juicy citrus and treefruit. Medium in body but maximum in quality and finesse — a great deal at this price!
Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $5.00 $19.99 in mixed 6+ or $22.99 per bottle

Grape

Chardonnay

Its Origins

As the moderate climate of Margaret River is becoming Australia’s centre of premium winemaking, Vasse Felix are leading the pack in recognition and can, in fact, lay claim to having been there first. It was the founder Dr Thomas Cullity whose planting experiments were confirmed when in 1966 experts identified Margaret River as a near homoclime (same climate as) Bordeaux. Luckily those commissioning the studies, and the local newspaper that published the details, had no idea how significant they were, and in 1967 Cullity had little competition in finding the best site - which he cleverly did in redgum country with red gravel above and clay lying below. Here at Margaret River’s first vineyard, Vasse Felix, he planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Riesling. The latter variety was to be the label’s first success (in 1972), showing the white wine promise of the cooler Margaret River, which is now as famous for Chardonnay as it is for Cabernet Sauvignon. Regarding Cabernet itself - which is the winery’s flagship - the acknowledged experts at Vasse Felix have a distinctive take on this variety, revealing the elegant and aromatic nature of the grape so that that at times it seems to compare as much to Burgundy as it does to Bordeaux. With an established reputation but also the strictest artisanship and organic, sustainable practices - including being on the cutting edge of industrial recycling - Vasse Felix are not only masters of their art, but stayers in the game.

What The Critics Say

93/100 Wine Pilot

"Expectations are always high for the Filius Chardonnay as over the years it has shown itself to be a surprisingly serious Margaret River Chardonnay. Plenty of local winemakers struggle to make their top wines as good as #3 from Vasse Felix, which is a tribute to Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock. It is a wine where all the pieces of great chardonnay are visible although in an early drinking style."

91-92/100 and Recommended by The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson (2019 vintage)

"There’s an emphasis on pineapple, pear, cedar and sweet peach here and the juicy flow of it and the burst of flavour upfront make it a winner. This is chardonnay with immediate appeal and yet it’s fine, dry, almost flinty length keeps it playing in the quality arena. 91-92 score-wise and Recommended."

91/100 Wine Guide 2021, Ray Jordan

"An almost bracing and certainly fresh and lively young chardonnay made for pretty much immediate drinking. Lovely aperitif style if you wish."

Variety Chardonnay
Region Western Australia
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.00%
Maturity 2021 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with CANAPES
with FISH
with SHELLFISH

Taste

3

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