Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay
‘Filius’ translates to ‘son of’ in Latin, reflecting the relationship between this wine and its premier ‘father’: the Heytesbury.
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 producing a perfectly balanced, complex, fine Chardonnay with a clean bright palate. It is the style of fruit from these patches of the vineyard that makes the finesse of this wine harmonious and unique.
Each separate parcel is left to ferment spontaneously as nature intended. Due to the climatic conditions in 2016, the grapes had a higher concentration of acidity upon picking, therefore all of the wine underwent malolactic conversion in order to tame the harsh malic acid into the more cuddly lactic acid. Each batch, depending on the personality of the individual harvests, was carefully treated within fine French oak with unique battonage regimes maintained for a period of 8 months. The range of oak was largely focused on older wood although a small percentage of the wine was treated to a new set of robes. Around 80% of the wine was matured in 1-5 year old French oak.
The resulting wine has a wonderful fleshy softness, fruit ripeness and full body tempered by a beautiful fresh crunch of acidity toward the finish. Almost a mango-like texture with a tangy twist fused with hints of apple-pie crust.
This is a great value wine from this most iconic of Aussie producers.see less