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Vasse Felix

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1996 Heytesbury

In 1995 the decision was made to produce a super premium red wine at the very top end of the scale that would take Vasse Felix to a dimension of quality not seen before. With utmost barrel selection, fruit selection and varietal blending freedom, the Heytesbury was born.
The first Heytesbury in the inaugural 1995 vintage went on to claim the Wine Society Trophy for Best Dry Red in open classes at the 1997 Melbourne Wine Show and was runner up to the Jimmy Watson Trophy at the 1996 Melbourne Wine Show. This premium blend has also claimed four gold medals.
The 1996 Heytesbury won the best wine of the show at the 1997 WA SGIO Wine Awards. The judge’s comments were "The Vasse Felix Heytesbury was the epitome of the new direction of red winemaking. It had none of the excesses in oak, tannin extraction and alcohol that characterise a big number of Australian red wines. It was complete and refined."

Tasting Notes
A very black and deep velvety wine in the glass with sweet coffee, cassis and spicy plums evident on the nose. The palate is velvety ~ almost viscous with intense chocolate, mulberry fruit and vanilla/clove oak with an amazing length of flavour and ripe tannin structure. This wine has cellaring potential of 10 - 15 years.
Varietals:
Production Notes
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
14.3
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
10- 15 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
March-April 1996
Oak:
Fermentation
New French & American Oak - 18 months
TA:
Acid
6.4
pH:
pH
3.49
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.3
Bottled:
Bottling Date
November 1997
1996 Heytesbury
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