Vasse Felix, Filius Chardonnay 2021

(2023) This is the entry level Chardonnay from one of Margaret River's star estates, and one of the founding wineries of the region. Winemaker Virginia Willcock loves a bit of flinty character and this is both wild fermented and with just 12.5% alcohol obviously picked early to emphasise that character and refreshing natural acidity. Seven months in French oak barriques (13% new) and batonnage give it richness too. Cashew and oatmeal on the nose, a touch of butter and lemon, and that wisp of fresh-struck flint. In the mouth it is medium bodied and elegant, with a sweet edge to the oranges and lemon fruit, plenty of acid bite and great clarity to the finish. Very good value on a £10.99 mixed six deal. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.


  1. I created a wine database 15 years ago, in which I have logged approximately 2700 unique wines. I retired this week and gleaned a list of the best QPR wines now that I need to be more frugal. I noticed one the best Australian values was a Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2016. Didn’t I see that somewhere recently? Oh yea, on Wine-Pages!

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