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2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay

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

 

  • Colour

    Pale yellow straw.

    Nose

    Exotic floral details, with white peach and grapefruit, interweaving struck match, nougat and a nutty/mealy, custard complexity.

    Palate

    The palate is bursting with a luscious lemon freshness and stone fruit power that is sustained for incredible length. It builds in the mouth to reveal flavours of citrus tart and moreish sweet crust. The fine contribution of oak toast and acidity maintain a delicious, drying structure with a succulent core.
  • Winemaker's notes

    Our most unique small sections within our vineyards where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way that sets these parcels apart from the rest. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred directly to barriques with the inclusion of all 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, high acidity in 2016, natural malolactic fermentation was encouraged and completed.
  • Varietals 100% Chardonnay
    Alcohol 13.0%
    Cellaring potential 7 - 10 years
    HarvestedFebruary 2016
    Oak100% French oak, 9 months (57% New, 43% 1-2 year old)
    TA6.5g/L
    PH3.17
    Residual Sugar1.0g/L
    BottledFebruary 2017
  • Vintage Description

    Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruit set and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and high natural acidity.
2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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  • 2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay   - Reviews

    Reviews

  • 18.9 points
    Eastern Reporter
    The best of the other great chardonnays out there are the soon to be released Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2016, which will disappear very quickly, is more refined and could even surpass its best ever release to date, the wonderful 2015.
    October 2017
  • 97 points
    WA Today - David Prestipino
    The complexity spectrum is out of this world ... layer upon layer of sweetness, tropical fruits and roasted nuts are immersed with super refined citrus and buttery overtones, all resplendent thanks to precise oak and bright acidity that leave the palate fresh and firing for quite some time. Moves like a butterfly around the palate, while still retaining the grit of a tiger around the edges thanks to the precise fruit and winemaking skills of Virginia Willcock.
    October 2017
  • 98 points
    HuonHooke.com
    This has a youthful, bright, light yellow colour with a bright, fresh, citrusy fruit and subtly smoky bouquet, while the palate is high-acid and tangy, very zesty and appealingly nervy, with marvellously refined fruit intensity. The palate is seamless and refined, with great line and delicacy, and prodigious length. A great wine - an Australian grand cru. Outstanding.
    October 2017

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