Vasse Felix 2016 Filius Chardonnay
Margaret River, Western Australia
Filius is Latin for "son of." It's a suitably elegant and relevant name for the entry level label from pioneering Margaret River producer, Vasse Felix. The 2016 Filius Chardonnay delivers the rich, flavourful expression one expects from Margaret River, with nicely balanced citrus, nutty and herbal notes that are refreshed by a bright, all-pervasive streak of mouthwatering acidity. It's a delicious and delightful expression of Chardonnay. Winemaker Virginia Willcox, who will be attending the upcoming International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration in Niagara, notes that this wine underwent malolatic conversion to tone down the acidity of the grapes at harvest. Drinking nicely now and over the next four to six years, Filius Chardonnay is a terrific introduction to one of Australia's top producers.