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Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2016 Wine Review

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2016

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2016

Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 2

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Price: $24.95

Drink: 2017-2020

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 12.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Vasse Felix Filius

Agent: B And W Wines

More Vintages: 2014  2010  2009  2007  2012 

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Smoky, toffeed opulence with green apple vibrance on the palate. This is a gorgeous Australian Chardonnay from a cool climate in the country that punctuates this wine with racy acidity for food. OTHER: Jacky Blisson rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review: Pale yellow. Attractive notes of lime, crême caramel and mineral notes feature on the nose. The cool climate of Margaret River shows nicely here, with crisp acidity nicely balanced by a rich, layered medium body. Butterscotch notes linger on the finish. The oak present yet seamlessly integrated. The finish is moderately long and layered. OTHER: Cherie Cole rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review: Great structure, complex notes on the nose of green apple, fresh cut grass, butter tart and a hint of oak. Full-bodied with a long apple and buttery finish. Tasted April 3rd, 2016. Vasse Felix Chardonnay is typified by its bright, elegant fruit, subtle wild complexities and a tight acid structure, 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'. TASTING NOTES: APPEARANCE Pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE A vibrant fruit base of nectarine, lemon and pineapple is wrapped in a slow yielding cloak of warm croissant, butter, vanillan and spicy oak aromas. Subtle gamey nuances bring a wild, complex dimension to a classic Margaret River Chardonnay nose. PALATE The palate has a bright citrus fruit entrance with fine natural acidity, a building luscious creamy texture and then a clean dry finish. A stunning orange and almond friand flavour highlights a generous, medium bodied and rewarding palate that will develop greater savoury weight with time in bottle. WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS: All parcels were treated in respect of the unique qualities coming from our vineyard sites through natural fermentation with varying solids levels, fine French oak and battonage programs tailored to the individual barrique. In 2014 we experienced a slightly higher percentage of natural Malolactic ferment than previous vintages. Following 9 months of maturation in oak the parcels most characteristic of the vintage were combined to create a unique varietal Chardonnay from Margaret River. VINTAGE DESCRIPTION - Another text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in Spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent. Chardonnay has intensity and balance, and particularly good natural acidity, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc have fruit power and intensity. Source: Agent (B And W Wines). OTHER: A Chardonnay that edges discreetly towards the fuller style, but balances its rich lemony fruit, toasted wheat and cashew-nut flavours with a lingering vibrancy and purity. It comes from the Margaret River region south of Perth in Western Australia and from the first estate to be established there, Vasse Felix back in 1967. Happy 50th birthday. Drink it any time over the next three years with chicken, pork, fish cakes or fish pie, or dishes with cheese. (Joanna Simon, joannasimon.com, Feb. 16, 2017). - Community Wine Reviews
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