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2015 Heytesbury Chardonnay

A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.

 

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Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale straw with a green tinge NOSE Elegant with extraordinary complexity. Perfumes of pink grapefruit, sage, wet heated slate, beeswax, nougat, sweet patisserie and a smoked cheese note. PALATE Alive with juicy, bright acidity and a mouth-watering, taut, stone minerality. It builds in fruit flavour and complexity beyond initial belief to a long finish with enduring flavours of melon, sweet patisserie, slight lamb and dough.
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
Chardonnay
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
13
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
7-10 years
Harvested:
Harvest Date
February 2015
Oak:
Fermentation
French oak for 9 months. 57% New, 43% 1-2 year old
TA:
Acid
6.8g/L
pH:
pH
3.19
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
1.54g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
February 2016
Vintage Notes
2015

VINTAGE DESCRIPTION

Mild conditions in Margaret River with no extreme weather conditions, allowing for balanced fruit and a slow and steady intake. There was no disease pressure and fruit quality is excellent the only disappointment was yields being down across the Region for all key varieties. This was the outcome of storms in Spring and pressure from an increase in the local population of Silver Eyes (birds) and no Marri Blossom.

2015 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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Reviews
  • Top 100 Wine 2016 - 97 points

    Halliday Wine Companion

    One of the icons of Margaret River, a chardonnay that has had spectacular success in shows over the past 5+ years, this vintage typical. The mouthfeel and balance are flawless, supple yet focused, all the ingredients - fruit, oak, acidity - in perfect harmony and balance. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 97. Drink to 2028.

  • 98 Points

    The West Australian - Ray Jordan

    The chardonnays at Vasse Felix have been on the up for a number of years but it is hard to remember a better one. Such intensity, such power and yet such elegance and poise. The fruit is expressed with exquisite precision on the palate, with the pristine nectarine and crunchy, lemony pear and subtle grapefruit a compelling combination. A smidgeon of toasty oak completes a stunning wine. Best drinking Now - 2023

  • Gold

    Margaret River Wine Show 2016

    The Vasse Felix 2015 Heytesbury Chardonnay was awarded Gold - 95 points within the 2015 Chardonnay category.

  • 95 Points

    Decanter

    All three Chardonnays from Vasse Felix are highly commendable, but this strikingly funky, palate-cleaving flagship excites with its texture and savoury back-palate resonance. Smoky flint and oak notes are joined by lamb fat and lanolin layers which build around a backbone of firm, lip-smacking pink grapefruit. Drinking Window 2017 - 2021 (2014 vintage)

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