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2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay

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


Tasting Notes
COLOUR Pale yellow straw. NOSE Exotic floral details, with white peach and grapefruit, interweaving struck match, nougat and a nutty/mealy, custard complexity. PALATE The palate is bursting with a luscious lemon freshness and stone fruit power that is sustained for incredible length. It builds in the mouth to reveal flavours of citrus tart and moreish sweet crust. The fine contribution of oak toast and acidity maintain a delicious, drying structure with a succulent core.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Our most unique small sections within our vineyards where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way that sets these parcels apart from the rest. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred directly to barriques with the inclusion of all 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, high acidity in 2016, natural malolactic fermentation was encouraged and completed.
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
7 - 10 years
Harvest Date
February 2016
100% French oak, 9 months (57% New, 43% 1-2 year old)
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
February 2017
2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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  • Excellent - Langton's Classification VII

    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.

  • 97 Points

    2019 Halliday Wine Companion - James Halliday

    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.

  • 98 Points


    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

    Gourmet Traveller Wine

    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.

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