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2012 Heytesbury Chardonnay

A barrel selection of the very best Chardonnay parcels from the 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.

 

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Light golden straw. NOSE Displays a typically powerful and engaging Heytesbury perfume. Infused with fresh lemon, white peach, river stone and bees wax at the top end of the spectrum, while wild ferment derived lamb fat and smokey struck match notes permeate up from the depths. PALATE A juicy acid line combined with a fine, powdery texture sets a taut canvas for complex, elevated peach, lemon, lime and baby pineapple flavours that build and hit their stride in the long finish. Vibrant and inviting in its youth, this wine promises enhanced volume and savoury richness as it matures in bottle.
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.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
13
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
3 - 5 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
February 2012
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French oak, 9 months (64% new, 36% 1-2 year old)
TA:
Acid
6.9g/L
pH:
pH
3.12
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
1.4g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
February 2013
Vintage Notes
2012

VINTAGE DESCRIPTION

Good finishing winter rains with moderate spring conditions resulted in excellent canopy health. The summer ripening period was dry and warm with some above average heat in late January prompting an early start to harvest. The weather tempered in early February and the fruit ripening slowed to a more typical pattern resulting in a long and steady vintage. Continuous fine weather remained through to mid-April when harvest completed for reds.

2012 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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Reviews
  • Top 10 Chardonnays. Ranked #3

    Wine Australia

    Australian Chardonnays took the top four slots in the 3rd annual Le Judgment de Montreal, the high profile annual wine tasting with Quebecs private import association, RASPIPAV, loosely based on the reenactment of the famed 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting. Thirty wines were tasted by fourteen judges, who are among the most influential industry professionals in Quebec.

  • 97 Points

    The WA Wine Guide

    Another outstanding chardonnay under this label which is now firmly among the region's elite chardonnays. It continues the fine and leaner style established a few years ago, with slightly more richness than the 2011. Love the restrained minerally grapefruit characters with its cashew and brioche influences. The palate builds beautifully to the finish. Outstanding.

  • Gold Medal

    Decanter Wine Awards

    Decanter World Wine Awards 2014.