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2017 Heytesbury Chardonnay

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

Tasting Notes
While young, the wine shows vibrant lemon thyme and lime zest, underlying notes of ginger spice, candle wax and chicken broth complexities add depth. A deep, tangy citrus acid core pulls the finely detailed lemongrass flavour through a long succulent finish. Available 1 November 2018.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Our most unique small vineyard sections where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way to ignite stunning varietal intensity. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred directly to barriques with the inclusion of all solids to preserve maximum site character. Fermentation was performed by the yeast species indigenous to each block and the wines then stirred periodically throughout the nine months of maturation, allowing the yeast lees to impart further complexity, texture and palate weight. Another year showing quite high fruit acidity, most batches were encouraged to go through natural malolactic fermentation in 2017.
Varietals:
Production Notes
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol:
Alcohol %
13.0
Cellaring Potential:
Aging
Now until 2025
Harvested:
Harvest Date
Feb - Early March 2017
Oak:
Fermentation
French Oak Barrique, 53% New, 47% 1-3 year old, 9 months
TA:
Acid
6.3g/L
pH:
pH
3.14
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
0.85g/L
Bottled:
Bottling Date
2018
Vintage Notes
2017

Moderate spring conditions at the end of 2016 helped establish a healthy fruitset 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 bright natural acidity.

2017 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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Reviews
  • 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.

  • "Finesse & Length"

    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.

  • "An Australian Grand Cru"

    HuonHooke.com

    The palate is seamless and refined, with great line and delicacy, and prodigious length. A great wine - an Australian grand cru. Outstanding.

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