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2014 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 Pale straw with a green tinge. NOSE Stunning, fine and complex perfume, classic for Heytesbury Chardonnay. Fragrant pink grapefruit, baby pineapple, mushroom cream, lamb fat, fire crackers and salty ocean air. A wild and exotic perfume. FOOD PAIRINGS Our most unique small, fine sections of our best vineyards and clones. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred directly to barriques with the inclusion of solids to achieve more of the unique vineyard character. 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. PALATE It has a crisp and well defined structure. With fruit juiciness, a wonderful acid line coming through and a fine structural edge, showing immense strength. The finish is dry with exotic perfumes remaining, hints of mushroom and sandalwood and bright primary citrus.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Our most unique small, fine sections of our best vineyards and clones. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred directly to barriques with the inclusion of solids to achieve more of the unique vineyard character. 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
Drink now and great for 5-7 years.
Harvested:
Harvest Date
February 2014
Oak:
Fermentation
100% French oak, 9 months (64% new, 36% old)
TA:
Acid
6.75 g/L
pH:
pH
3.19
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
1.37 g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
February 2015
Vintage Notes
2014

VINTAGE DESCRIPTION

Another text-book vintage in Margaret River with consistent, almost rhythmic temperature patterns throughout the ripening season, resulting in excellent balance and physiological ripeness of fruit. Reasonable yields were obtained despite a handful of blocks being exposed to heavy storms in Spring reducing their cropping potential, but overall quality is excellent. Chardonnay has intensity and balance, and particularly good natural acidity.

2014 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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Reviews
  • #2 - The Most Exciting Wines of 2017

    Decanter Magazine

    An expressive, reductive style revealing aromas of buttery ripe apple and melon, intense with a wisp of autumnal smoke. Oatmeal and lemon pith meld with orange box characters, lemon oil and roasted almond notes. There is persistence here, which will see it through for some years to come. Drink 2018-2026 Alc 13%

  • 97 Points

    JamesSuckling.com

    This is insane with such density but electric energy. Stone, chalk, and dried apple and lemon character. Full body, tight and intense. Metal shavings. Fascinating. Love the finish. Screw cap.

  • 98 points - White Wine of the Year

    The West Australian Wine Guide 2016

    Now firmly established as one of the great chardonnays of Margaret River. Wow. Where do you start. Toasty minerally notes on the nose with hints of light stone fruit, vanilla bean and an edgy ginger and grapefruit-like mix. The palate is defined by deeply intense precise fruit which drives with penetrating power through to a very long finish. This is chardonnay of the highest order.

  • Regional Trophy - Western Australian Chardonnay Trophy + Gold Medal

    International Wine Challenge

    The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 33rd year. The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended and Great Value awards.