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2010 Heytesbury

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.



Tasting Notes
Colour Deep vibrant red with a purple hue. Nose A delicate and sophisticated perfume combining notes of red currant and blackcurrant with savoury tones of dried jarrah forest floor, peppy leaf and hints of cured venison, leather, pot pourri and mineral ironstone. Palate The wine lands with wonderful weight, with juicy red and blueberry fruit flavours and ultra-fine tannins. It quickly tightens and dries as the acid profile bursts to life and the savoury tannins take hold. The finish carries long with earthy dark chocolate, and hints of eucalypt and liquor cherries.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker's notes With Cabernet and its blends, harvest timing is critical so as to ensure optimum balance of flavour and tannin ripeness. Treated individually in small parcels, the fruit was nurtured while on skins to ensure the preservation of fruit characters and extraction of the finest tannins. After an ideal duration of skin contact, each batch was transferred to French oak. The barrel types used were carefully selected to accentuate and enhance the intricate characteristics of the wine. The wine was matured in barrel for 18 months before all batches were graded. The best barrels, from the best batches were selected for this Heytesbury. The combination of nature and nurture has created a sophisticated wine with a strong sense of place.
Production Notes
Varietals: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Malbec
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
10+ years
Harvest Date
Mar/Apr 2010
100% French oak, 18 months (77% new, 23% 1-4 year old)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
Vintage Notes

Vintage Description

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.

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  • Flagship Bordeaux Blend

    Windsor Dobbin

    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.

  • 96(98)/100

    Tim White - Australian Financial Review

    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

    Peter Forrestal - Gourmet Traveller Wine

    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.

  • 91 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    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.