Heytesbury is a barrel selection of the finest parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec from the 2007 vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend is supplemented with small portions of Malbec and Petit Verdot, which are distinctly perfumed, flavoured and structured. Both complement the restrained power of Cabernet Sauvignon.
A dry, warm spring then summer created a compact and action-packed vintage. Ripening of all varieties occurred up to two weeks earlier than previous years recorded and onces the fruit began rolling in it didn't stop. There was no distinguishable break between white and red varieties. Each variety displayed a depth of aroma and density of palate.
Barrel selection. 1995 was first vintage of this wine. From 2007 it included some Petit Verdot and some Malbec, and the percentage of new oak barrels ranged from 70 to 90. Intense cassis but also a little bit bloody on the nose. Very mineral. Very fluid, fine tannins. Scented with dark fruit on the mid palate. Full fruited and the tannins now rounded. Sweet mulberry flavour, perhaps from the Malbec. Lots of grippy but fine tannins. Smoky as it opens in the glass. Chewy. Seems to lack the refinement of some of the younger vintages tasted in this line-up. Drink 2012-2017