Heytesbury is a barrel selection from the finest parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec from the 2010 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.
Moderate spring conditions in 2009 allowed for better flowering and fruit set than experienced in the previous year. High temperatures in late January/February saw rapid ripening for whites. Harvest timing was critical. Mild conditions in early Autumn allowed an extended ripening period for reds, which was ideal.
Flagship Bordeaux Blend
Margaret River keeps racking up great vintage after great vintage and Vasse Felix winemaker Virginia Willcock keeps turning out out classic version after classic version of Heytesbury, the pioneering Western Australian winery's flagship Bordeaux blend. A cabernet sauvignon-dominated wine that also contains petit verdot and malbec, this has spent 18 months in top-quality French barriques and is a superbly supple wine, boasting restrained power and intense berry fruit beautifully allied to the well-integrated oak. This will undoubtedly cellar well but is temptingly gorgeous right now.
Cedar, flake tobacco, deep glace fig. Massively deep and powerful and long. Structure plus, yet still has succulence and length. Will be great.
Power and finese
From 2008 to 2010, the Vasse Felix Heytesbury shows bright ripe red current, brambles and mulberry flavours balanced by a more complex savoury edge, a velvety texture, power and finesse. There has been a corresponding lift in the quality of the whole portfolio with the Vasse Felix Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon now deserving to rate among Margaret River's best-value wines, and its Sauvignon Blanc Semillon among the region's finest.
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec offers scents of vanilla, cassis and dried herbs. On the palate, the fruit seems redder in profile, hinting at red plum, but delivered with freshness, verve and mouthwatering acids. The tannins are a bit chewy, so try it between 2016 and 2025.