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2011 Heytesbury Chardonnay

A barrel selection of the very best Chardonnay parcels from the 2011 vintage. It was fermented entirely with wild yeasts and matured in French oak barriques with battonage for nine months. Our style of Chardonnay has developed significantly over recent years with complex vineyard character coming from less clarified juice and natural yeast.



Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE A complex and powerful perfume. Bursting with fragrant pineapple and lemon freshness, the nose gently releases its cache of wild barrel ferment characters. Crusty apple pie, pretty lavender, struck stone flintiness, plus subtle lamb fat and bay leaf provide shadow and depth to the bright citrus that shines from the core. PALATE Intricate, luscious and mouth-watering, reflecting pineapple, custard apple and water chestnut, lightly spiced with cloves, vanillan oak and almond biscuit flavours. Opens with juicy fruit and evolves to a tight acid drying finish, that carries the pristine and complex flavours for remarkable length.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Small batches were selected from the finest sections of our best vineyards and clones. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred to barriques with the inclusion of some solids to achieve more intense ferment characters and palate weight. Each batch was fermented �wild� with no yeast addition and was stirred throughout the nine months of maturation, allowing the yeast lees to impart further complexity, texture and palate weight to the wine. With bright, natural acidity a priority, no malolactic fermentation was encouraged, though a small amount occured in 2011.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
Drinking beautifully now, will reward cellaring over the next 3-5 years.
Harvest Date
February 2011
100% French oak, 9 months (62% new, 38% 1-2 year old)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
January 2012
Vintage Notes


An exceptionally dry Spring resulted in small balanced canopies and early development stages. A very warm Summer with timely rainfall around veraison was followed by rapid ripening to an early vintage. Whites were harvested in a very short time frame though retained good acid.

2011 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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  • 98 Points

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2013

    A mighty follow-up to the sensational 2010 which took all before it on the show circuit. This is not so obvious but in some ways is a superior wine.. by a bit. Carries the aromatic same mix of cereal and grapefruit, with the fine minerally thread a striking feature. Such perfect balance and poise on the palate with the fine delicate flavours held through to a long penetrating finish. Great stuff.

  • Top 100 Wines

    Australian Wine Vintages

    This certification is the official recognition by Master of Wine, Rob Geddes, that this wine tasted for the 31st edition of the Australian Wine Vintages was judged one of the top 100 wines in over 3,500 tasted.

  • 18

    Jancis Robinson.com

    Smoky and toasty and a bit of struck match reduction - gives the high note. Lots of lime fruit underneath but definitely not a fruit-forward wine. Leaner fruit than the 2010 but full in the mouth with all that texture and weight. Fabulous freshness and length. Great concentration. Drink 2015-2025