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2009 Heytesbury

Heytesbury is a barrel selection from the finest parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec from the 2009 Vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend includes 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 pink/crimson hue. Nose Deep, concentrated and packed full of blackcurrant and mulberry aromas, with fine layers of violets, lavender, aniseed, tobacco leaf and graphite. Palate A sensational structure that is comet-like in its profile. A ball of voluminous, sweet, dark fruit and intense tightly-wound acidity with textural tannins punctuates the entry, and continues with a long, fine, tail brimming with tangy red berries, dried sage, cedar and ultra-fine tannins. 2009 Heytesbury
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker's notes We find our most characteristic and stylistically suitable Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot parcels are grown predominantly on gravel loam within 8km of the coast at the northern end of the Margaret River appellation. 60% of the batches were left on skins for 30 days, extracting and evolving the finest tannins, particularly from our oldest Cabernet vines. This year, for the first time, we extended the maceration of the Petit Verdot which also had a subtle influence on the tannin structure. All batches were meticulously handled and given 18 months maturation in French oak barriques. The result is a wine of true quality and a proud representation of our vineyards, people and practices.
Production Notes
Varietals: 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 15% Malbec
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinks beautifully now, will reward cellaring over next 8-10 years.
Harvest Date
March / April 2009
100% French Oak (62% new and 38% 1-3 yr old) 18 months
7.0 g/L
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.46 g/L
Bottling Date
February 2011
Vintage Notes

Vintage Description

Two cold springs in 2007 and 2008 contributed to low yields in 2009. Summer was moderate and fine conditions remained throughout harvest. These conditions produced superbly ripe and balanced fruit displaying all the hallmarks of a fine vintage.

2009 Heytesbury
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  • 97 Points

    The West Weekend

    Blockbuster Heytesbury which may well be the best yet. Powerful and super-concentrated. Aromas of leafy tobacco-like cabernet with scented cedar with a slightly dusty oak overlay. The fruit is largely off the oldest vineyard in the region. Expertly created with firmish tannins, fine-grained oak and that beautifully expressive fruit. A stunning wine.

  • 96 Points

    The Wine Companion

    A 69/16/15% blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec that spent 18 months in 62% new French oak. The tannins resulting from the 30 days post-fermentation maceration of 60% of the blend are in perfect harmony with the dominant blackcurrant fruit on long palate. A very good example of a great style.

  • 92 Points

    Huffington Post

    Very dark ruby color; appealing, tart black currant, menthol nose; tart black currant, menthol palate with good extract; medium-plus finish 92+ points (92 pts.)