A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.
Excellent - Langton's Classification VII
The glorious and expressive Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay is made up of individual sections of the Gin Gin clone. It evokes an exquisite balance between vineyards, emotional sensibility and technical brilliance. Batch vinification, bâttonage and maturation for nine months in around 60% (barely detectable) new and seasoned French oak results in a benchmark style with superb grapefruit and flinty aromatics, al dente textures and creamy complexity.
A wine all about finesse and length - extreme length. The inexorable drive and logic of the bouquet and (in particular) the palate leaves little room for argument, but plenty for discussion. Pink grapefruit, pear, nectarine and a satin bow of oak are all as one. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 97. Drink to 2030.
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.