A cool, high-humidity start to vintage meant we benefited greatly from precise canopy management to mitigate disease pressure and optimise sun exposure for the fruit. The success of this program enabled us to harvest ripe, clean fruit with slightly lower alcohol and great natural acidity. Mild conditions allowed for extended ripening, creating beautiful aromatics and fine ripe tannins in our reds. Marri Blossom was non-existent throughout the region in 2019, resulting in the largest netting program ever seen at Vasse Felix to protect the fruit from bird damage. Overall, a labour-intensive vintage that resulted in beautiful quality fruit.
Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay
Vasse Felix Chardonnay is typified by its bright, elegant fruit, subtle wild complexities, tight structure and fresh acidity, reflecting the vibrancy and purity of this variety in Margaret River. ‘Filius’ translates to ‘son of’ in Latin, reflecting the relationship between this wine and its Premier ‘father’.
Late February 2019
French Oak Barriques, 13% new, 17% 1 year old, 70% 2-5 year old, 8 months
All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from our vineyard sites. Natural fermentation with varying solids levels, fine French oak and battonage programs were tailored to each individual batch. Following 8 months of maturation in oak, the parcels were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River. For the fourth year in a row we underwent malolactic fermentation due to high natural acidity levels at harvest. Filius Chardonnay fruit tends to be lighter in body and fruit weight, from multiple clones and sites that produce elegant, lighter fruit flavours. They are best handled with judicious oak and lighter solids in fermentation, producing a perfectly balanced, complex, fine Chardonnay with a clean bright palate.
Bright pale straw colour.
Fragrant notes of white fleshed stone fruit, granny smith apple, custard and citrus blossom. Elegant aromas of lovely nutty fruit muesli, Danish pastry and a hint of spicy ginger evoke complexity throughout.
A soft and creamy entrance with elevated pear custard, white peach and almond flavours builds to reveal a lovely fresh acidity and a dry, toasted muesli finish.