A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.
Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2015 helped establish a healthy fruit set and better yields than the previous two seasons. January temperatures were warm, interrupted by one rainfall event late in the month, great viticulture management, clean, well-trimmed canopies and subsequent warm weather prevented disease risk. White varieties were harvested throughout February with elegant flavours and high natural acidity.
The best of the other great chardonnays out there are the soon to be released Vasse Felix Heytesbury 2016, which will disappear very quickly, is more refined and could even surpass its best ever release to date, the wonderful 2015.
The complexity spectrum is out of this world ... layer upon layer of sweetness, tropical fruits and roasted nuts are immersed with super refined citrus and buttery overtones, all resplendent thanks to precise oak and bright acidity that leave the palate fresh and firing for quite some time. Moves like a butterfly around the palate, while still retaining the grit of a tiger around the edges thanks to the precise fruit and winemaking skills of Virginia Willcock.
This has a youthful, bright, light yellow colour with a bright, fresh, citrusy fruit and subtly smoky bouquet, while the palate is high-acid and tangy, very zesty and appealingly nervy, with marvellously refined fruit intensity. The palate is seamless and refined, with great line and delicacy, and prodigious length. A great wine - an Australian grand cru. Outstanding.
Superbly Shaped and Gentle
Superbly shaped and gentle, this refined and polished chardonnay reveals scents of grape-fruit, lemon, creamy vanilla oak and yellow flowers lifted by spicy notes of cinnamon and coriander. Initially fluffy and forward, its vibrant core of white peach, citrus and nougat becomes more savoury down the palate, culminating in a crunchy, refreshing finish of minerals and oyster brine.