2020 Vasse Felix Margaret River Filius Chardonnay
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."
|Maturity||2021 - 2025|
This Wine Goes Well With
We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.
If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.
2019 Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels ChardonnayJames SucklingElsewhere up to $36.99 Save $10.00 $26.99 in mixed 6+ or $29.99 per bottle
2019 Lageder Riff Pinot GrigioRichard Caro$21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
2018 Elephant Hill Hawkes Bay ChardonnaySam Kim$27.99 in mixed 6+ or $31.99 per bottle