Made from the most striking parcels of Chardonnay from the vintage, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.
Moderate spring temperatures accompanied by low solar radiation and cool soil conditions contributed to slower vine growth and increased disease pressure. Thankfully, a consistent warm / dry summer ensured clean canopies and a timely start to the white harvest. Weather remained warm, without extremes. White varieties have lovely acidity and elegant, ripe fruit.
"The track record of this label speaks for itself: it is all about breed and disciplined power; the grapes were picked at exactly the right moment, the fruit-oak balance calculated down to the finest imaginable degree, the length beyond any doubt or discussion."
Gosh, this is such a good chardonnay. Power and intensity with such complexity already. Nose shows plenty of toasty oak working perfectly with the best parcels of fruit. Seamless and pure expression of chardonnay on the palate with and underpinning of sublte winemaking artefact. Ranks with the finest chardonnays in the region.
Gained strong marks from us all. Goodwin thought it outstanding, finding, Smoky aromas including lime curd and peat leading to a full textural, tangy and impeccably balanced wine of force and compelling line. Seamless, and with a unique aroma. I found hints of the characteristic Margaret River grapefruit and subtle winemaking funk. The flavours are penetrating and complex and it has superb length. Vertical tastings have shown me how well previous vintages have developed in bottle and I am confident the 2013 will do the same.
Bright, crisp and tightly wound. Extremely fresh and refreshing with a slight grip to the firm, dense texture. Filled out with ripe citrus and overall has a fine balance between intensity and freshness and that creamy texture so caressing. More complexity to come.