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2019 Heytesbury Chardonnay

A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard plots, recognised for its innovative winemaking, al dente ripeness and distinguishing ‘Heytesbury’ character.



Tasting Notes
COLOUR Bright pale deep straw. NOSE Fine perfumes of floral talc, pink grapefruit, lime blossom and lemongrass tea mingle with exciting savoury limestone and oyster shell complexities reminiscent of the coast. Intriguing notes of classic flint, struck match, candlewax and fresh white leather round out this captivating aroma. PALATE A strong central line of acidity holds tension in this juicy body of fruit, supported by incredible phenolic powder. Nervy and taut, the pithy feel of flinty stone, lime and pink grapefruit continue to give breath to the long Heytesbury finish.
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 and wild yeast characters. A cool and late harvest season for Chardonnay which saw low yields with immense power and high acidity. Hence, we allowed natural malolactic fermentation to complete 100%. Hand-harvested at ‘al dente’ ripeness, the whole bunches were pressed and transferred direct to barrel as unclarified juice. The wine was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard and remained in barrel for 9 months with some battonage. With 100% Gingin clone fruit, this wine is a true representation of Heytesbury perfume and structure. A beautifully savoury and complex Chardonnay vintage that is very approachable in its youth, yet will integrate and become even deeper with time.
Production Notes
100% Gingin Clone Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
7 years (fresh), 7+ years for complex, aged Chardonnay
Harvest Date
Feb - March 2019
French Oak Barrique, 61% new, 39% 1-4 year old, 9 months
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
May 2020
Vintage Notes

A cool, high-humidity start to vintage meant we benefited greatly from precise canopy management to mitigate disease pressure and optimise sun exposure for the fruit. The success of this program enabled us to harvest ripe, clean fruit with slightly lower alcohol and great natural acidity. Mild conditions allowed for extended ripening, creating beautiful aromatics and fine ripe tannins in our reds. Marri Blossom was non-existent throughout the region in 2019, resulting in the largest netting program ever seen at Vasse Felix to protect the fruit from bird damage. Overall, a labour-intensive vintage that resulted in beautiful quality fruit.

2019 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.

  • 98 points

    WBM - Tyson Stelzer

    The cool 2019 season infuses a singular purity and tension that demarcates a Heytesbury more elegant and reserved than ever, yet charged with profound presence, character and concentration. The effortless glide of unrelenting acceleration on the finish is breathtaking, like a shimmering jetstream that launches it to a near-earth orbit, promising to hold its altitude for decades to come. Truly stratospheric.

  • 98 Points

    Ray Jordan - West Australian

    Shows the influence of the cool vintage. Refined and elegantly crafted chardie. Has more new oak than the standard chardie, but the power and intensity of the fruit handles it easily to maintain balance without a hint of excessiveness. Only natural yeasts are used and it gets nine months in oak with some battonage. Has a slightly charry character that augments the grapefruit and pear characters with a distinct savoury edge on the palate. Long and defined palate. One of the finest yet under this label.

  • 97 points

    Wine Enthusiast

    One of the most renowned Chardonnays in Australia, the latest release is a knockout. A cool vintage allowed for gorgeous natural acidity and bright fruit to shine. Being the most cellarworthy of the Vasse Chards, Heytesbury is always structuredand more oak driven when young. It opens with heady aromas of toasted nuts, flint, seashell, vanilla pod and a seaweed-like umami note amid melon and lemon curd. The palate is fabulously fresh with textural complexity, and lingering nut, saline and citrusnotes on the lengthy finish.

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