A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard plots, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.
2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. Some timely warmth and sunshine occurred throughout January, although February temperatures remained moderate with some rainfall. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. There was a warm start to March to finish the white harvest, followed by the driest April since 1982, finishing the reds beautifully.
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.
"Finesse & Length"
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.
"An Australian Grand Cru"
The palate is seamless and refined, with great line and delicacy, and prodigious length. A great wine - an Australian grand cru. Outstanding.
Vasse Felix winemaker Virginia Willcock could well be Australia's "Chardonnay Whisperer." She has not put a foot wrong with this wine in the 10+ years of making it. Since 2008 every release has fetched 96+ Points and captured Chardonnay lover's attention by its distinct "Heytesbury" Character - a seamless balance between medium-bodied generosity, texture and fresh zestyness. Willcock never makes the wine the same way. She responds to the season and the vineyard with her technical brilliance - adjusting her oak regime, judging the malolactic fermentation, battonage and maturation to suit. She is known for redefining modern Australian Chardonnay, and here delivers another impeccable example. The 2017 Heytesbury is exquisite - another instant classic.