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2015 Heytesbury Chardonnay

A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.

The 2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay will be released in November.

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  • Colour

    Pale straw with a green tinge


    Elegant with extraordinary complexity. Perfumes of pink grapefruit, sage, wet heated slate, beeswax, nougat, sweet patisserie and a smoked cheese note.


    Alive with juicy, bright acidity and a mouth-watering, taut, stone minerality. It builds in fruit flavour and complexity beyond initial belief to a long finish with enduring flavours of melon, sweet patisserie, slight lamb and dough.
  • Winemaker's notes

    Our most unique small, fine sections of our best vineyards and clones. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred directly to barriques with the inclusion of solids to achieve more of the unique vineyard character. Each batch was fermented wild with no yeast addition and was stirred throughout the nine months of maturation, allowing the yeast lees to impart further complexity, texture and palate weight to the wine. With bright, natural acidity a priority, no malolactic fermentation was encouraged.
  • Varietals Chardonnay
    Alcohol 13.0%
    Cellaring potential 7-10 years
    HarvestedFebruary 2015
    OakFrench oak for 9 months. 57% New, 43% 1-2 year old
    Residual Sugar1.54g/L
    BottledFebruary 2016
  • Vintage Description

    Mild conditions in Margaret River with no extreme weather conditions, allowing for balanced fruit and a slow and steady intake. There was no disease pressure and fruit quality is excellent the only disappointment was yields being down across the Region for all key varieties. This was the outcome of storms in Spring and pressure from an increase in the local population of Silver Eyes (birds) and no Marri Blossom.
2015 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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  • 2015 Heytesbury Chardonnay    - Reviews


  • White Wine of the Year - 98 points
    The West Australian Wine Guide - Ray Jordan
    With this exceptional chardonnay Virginia Willcock and the team have taken things to an altogether new plane of excellence. The degree of palate complexity and intensity combined with how it delivers through to a long finish is brilliant. A modern chardonnay with underlying Margaret River power.
    November 2016
  • Top 100 Wine 2016 - 97 points
    Halliday Wine Companion
    One of the icons of Margaret River, a chardonnay that has had spectacular success in shows over the past 5+ years, this vintage typical. The mouthfeel and balance are flawless, supple yet focused, all the ingredients - fruit, oak, acidity - in perfect harmony and balance. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 97. Drink to 2028.
    August 2017
  • 98 points
    The West Australian - Ray Jordan
    The chardonnays at Vasse Felix have been on the up for a number of years but it is hard to remember a better one. Such intensity, such power and yet such elegance and poise. The fruit is expressed with exquisite precision on the palate, with the pristine nectarine and crunchy, lemony pear and subtle grapefruit a compelling combination. A smidgeon of toasty oak completes a stunning wine. Best drinking Now - 2023
    22 October 2016
  • 97 points
    The Australian Financial Review
    Beguiling flinty matchstrike stuff among really edgy and pure compressed white stone fruit and kernel characters. There's space between the notes in this. Has juice, tang, peel and creaminess on the tongue - a real sparkle - complemented with meally-pistachio nutiness. Sapid finishing and moreish.
    December 2016
  • 95 points
    The Wine Front
    Huge amount of struck match, lime, nougat, oatmeal and cedar. Fresh, light, glossy feel, but thoroughly flinty and tight, with smoke wafting over pebbles, maybe some white peach and pear, but mainly citrus into the lime spectrum. Finish is very long and precise. Waiting waiting. It's quite light but will gain flesh with a few years cellaring.
    October 2016
  • Gold
    Margaret River Wine Show 2016
    The Vasse Felix 2015 Heytesbury Chardonnay was awarded Gold - 95 points within the 2015 Chardonnay category.
    November 2016
  • 96 points
    Rob Geddes MW
    The fine aromas combine barrel ferment lees and oak to create subtle notes of grape fruit, lemon and vanilla pod oak. The palate is fine, firm balanced and yet layered which is a remarkable balancing act and long with citrus flavours and tannin edge that support long fruit flavours that finish with citrus. If you want mouth filling Margaret River this is not your wine but if sophistication restraint and delicacy of great wine appeals, this is your baby.
    October 2016
  • 97 points
    An extraordinary chardonnay that turns up the complexity and excitement factor to the limit. Smells of flinty lemons and grapefruit, hints of peaches and smart oak influence that adds spicy/nutty elements and an oyster-shell-like edge. The palate shape and texture are flawless; it completely fills the mouth with pithy lemon, grapefruit and nectarine flavors. The acidity is pitch-perfect, and the length is superb. Drink now to 2020+.
    11 January 2017
  • Heytesbury Chardonnay
    Wine and Spirits USA
    Virginia Willcock selects this wine from the top-performing blocks of the Holmes a Court family vineyards, three sites in Wilyabrup on gravelly loam over clay. She ferments it in barriques without added yeast, and does not encourage malolactic, sustaining enough brisk freshness to handle the richness she's attained through nine months of lees stirring.
    February 2016
  • 97 points
    Gourmet Traveller Wine
    Top 100 New Releases. It's hard to recall a better Vasse chardonnay. Magnificent depth, length and concentration. Pale colour. Aromas of grapefruit and stony mineral notes, chalky and gently funky with a note of struck-flint. Powerful flavour, refreshing and medium bodied.
    Feb/March 2017
  • 95 points
    A dense and layered white with a phenolic texture and intensity. Full body, intense flavors. Lots of fruit and intensity. A structured and muscular white. Needs a year or two to come together. Screw cap.
    July 2017
  • 95 points
    All three Chardonnays from Vasse Felix are highly commendable, but this strikingly funky, palate-cleaving flagship excites with its texture and savoury back-palate resonance. Smoky flint and oak notes are joined by lamb fat and lanolin layers which build around a backbone of firm, lip-smacking pink grapefruit. Drinking Window 2017 - 2021 (2014 vintage)
    August 2017
  • 93
    Vinous - Josh Raynolds
    Green-tinged yellow. Honeydew melon, nectarine and pear on the highly perfumed, mineral-accented nose. Shows excellent clarity and picks up floral and citrus zest nuances as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering an array of concentrated yet nervy orchard and pit fruit flavors and suggestions of gingery spices and toasted grain. Shows superb energy and cut on the mineral-driven finish, which features a sexy floral quality and an exotic touch of iodine.
    October 2017
  • Number 1 - Top 50 buys from Margaret River
    Decanter Magazine
    Virginia Willcock has crafted a wine that is complex, edgy and lean, and dances on a razor's edge. Enticing oyster-shell notes on an ultra-fine and tight palate, finishing with schisty minerality that is taut and dry. 97 points
    December 2017

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