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2013 Heytesbury Chardonnay

Made from the most striking parcels of Chardonnay from the vintage, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.

 

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Brilliant pale lemon hue. NOSE Powerful and exotic savoury perfumes with cumquat, baked lemon tart, orange blossom, chicken soup, wild mushroom, lemon thyme and signature Heytesbury struck match. PALATE A rich and vibrant palate with a fine, silky entrance delivers generous waves of citrus and white stone fruit flavour. Vanillan wafer biscuit and lemon ginger tea details then emerge and persist providing a captivating dry finish to the wine.
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 %
13.5
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Drinks beautifully now, will reward over 7 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
February 2013
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French oak, 9.5 months (73% new, 27% 1-2 year old)
TA:
Acid
6.7 g/L
pH:
pH
3.11
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
1.37 g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
February 2014
Vintage Notes
2013

VINTAGE DESCRIPTION

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.

2013 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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Reviews
  • 97 Points

    The Weekend Australian - James Halliday

    "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."

  • 97 Points

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2015

    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.

  • 97 Points

    Gourmet Traveller Wine

    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.

  • 18/20

    www.jancisrobinson.com

    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.