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2008 Heytesbury

Heytesbury is a barrel selection of the finest parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec from the 2008 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.



Tasting Notes
Colour Deep red with a purple hue. Nose Concentrated black and redcurrant fruit with rustic earthiness. Beneath these robust layers are hints of sweet tobacco, violet, anise, autumn leaves, toasted spice and cedar. Palate Intense fruit, oak, acid and tannin on the palate are remarkable. Initially sweet and flowing, with a mid and back palate packed full of tangy, mineral-like acidity and textured tannins. This amazing structure and intensity refines and focuses as the wine gracefully moves across the tongue drawing to an exceptionally long, dry finish that ends with the beautiful Cabernet perfume of violets and cedar.This wine will integrate and gain further complexity with cellaring.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker's notes We find our strongest, most characteristic and stylistically suitable Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot parcels come from the northern end of the Margaret River appellation. These parcels are grown mostly on gravel loam within 8km of the coast. Here, the sea breeze provides a cooling effect on the fruit keeping it vibrant with varietal definition, while the sun shines beautifully to ripen fruit to its full potential. All batches were meticulously handled and given 18 months maturation in French oak barriques. Exhaustive trial blending then ensued, resulting in a wine of true quality and a proud representation of our vineyards, people and practices.
Production Notes
Varietals: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now, will reward cellaring over the next 10 years.
Harvest Date
March / April 2008
100% French Oak (74% new and 26% 1-3 yr old) 18 months
6.97 g/L
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.47 g/L
Bottling Date
December 2009
Vintage Notes

Vintage Description

A variable spring and hotter than usual Summer was fortunately followed by cooling conditions in early Autumn. Beautiful sunny days, but cold nights allowed for ideal, even physiological ripening.

2008 Heytesbury
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  • 97 Points

    Australian Financial Review

    Glistening fruitcake and fine cedar oak and sweet meat burnt bits: classy dense cabernet sauvignon this. Autumn leafy too with plug tobacco. Wow: this a cabernet sauvignon of massive proportion in the mouth, and yet it is still approachable and mouth-watering. Fruitcake, anise, fine sapid oack characters; grip, length, power. A wine with at least 20 years ahead of it. Sublime.

  • 94 Points

    Australian Wine Vintages

    5 Stars. Top 100. A house style with gradual improvements each year, a world class wine, St Estephe-like aromas of black currant and stalk character. It has depth, concentration and complexity in small and large berry fruit with great length and evenness.

  • 94 Points

    Gourmet Traveller Wine

    A blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec. Very youthful, concentrated and dark,it shows intense red and dark fruit aromas, liberal French oak, and has a slightly chewy, thick density in the mouth.

  • 92 Points

    Wine Advocate

    The 2008 Heytesbury, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot, retains a dark garnet color, just beginning to brick at the rim. It also retains its firm tannins, giving it a drying finish even at nine years of age. It's medium to full in body with a fine degree of elegance to its notes of cassis, earth, mint and vanilla. Drink it over the next several years.