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2022 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 Pale straw with a green and golden tinge. NOSE Hedonistic high notes of stone flint, firecracker and galangal encompass notes of apple cake, peach, granola, and flamed lime peel. Deeply complex with subtle hints of grapefruit, vanilla, coriander seed and bergamot. More savoury elements will unveil with time in the bottle. PALATE A super long, seamless palate, running pure, intense and fragrant. The incredible satin texture displays a waxy warm core of fruit. The flavours draw long with pine/galangal, pear, apple and lime curd. A classically fresh finish with beautiful, fine-boned dryness.
Winemaker Notes
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Our most unique small vineyard sections where the Gingin clone on specific aspect and soil interplay in such a way to ignite very special varietal and wild yeast influence. A similar harvest time to the reasonably late 2021 vintage due to cool spring conditions, fortuitously a warm January saw ripening accelerate with ideal sugar and flavour ripeness. With high natural acidity, natural MLF was allowed to complete. Delicate, tightly held flavours has resulted in beautiful restraint and balance. Hand-harvested, whole-bunches were pressed and transferred direct to barrel as unclarified juice. Only natural yeasts from the vineyard fermented the wine which was nurtured in our cellar for 15 months, 8 of which were in oak with some lees stirring, before 7 months in tank on full lees. 100% Gingin clone and true to Heytesbury perfume and structure. A savoury, delicate and beautifully structured, complex wine in a delayed, yet moderately warm harvest year.
Production Notes
100% Gingin Clone Chardonnay
Alcohol %
Cellaring Potential:
2029+ for complex, well developed Chardonnay
Harvest Date
16 February - 4 March 2022
French Oak Barrique, 56% new, 44% 1-3 year old (includes 13% in 1 year old Mercurey) 15 months. 8months in oak, 7 months blended in tank
Residual Sugar:
Residual Sugar
Bottling Date
May 2023
Vintage Notes

A cool, winter-like spring saw vine growth delayed in development. Rainfall in October was significant. A dry and warm summer, with sustained warmth day and night through December, January and February, possibly influenced by another La Niña season, saw a rapid ripening period for all white varieties, with all vineyards harvested in little over a month. Fruit quality was excellent with surprising delicacy and elegance. A low yielding vintage, primarily due to spring conditions over the past two years. Warm and rapid veraison for whites in January was ideal and saw the Chardonnay’s desirable ripe flavours pronounce themselves quickly. Vine health remained fantastic, with fruit quality high and flavours concentrated.

2022 Heytesbury Chardonnay
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  • Langton's Classified

    Langton's Classification VIII

    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.

  • 96 points

    Aaron Brasher - The Real Review

    Evocative and lifted aromas of grapefruit pith, grilled nuts, struck match, just-ripe white stone fruit, melon skin and nougat. Complex, layered, textured and mouth-filing, with super balance between fruit, oak and acidity. Lashings of citrus, stone fruit and melon are all at play. The palate has a seamlessness to it, with just the right touch of phenolics and zippy acidity.

  • 96 Points

    Christina Pickard - Wine Enthusiast

    2022 was on the warm side and this bottling of one of Margaret River's top Chards offers less of the reductive struck match and roasted-nut aromas of past vintages. It instead displays pithy citrus and melon rind, oats and salty seashell aromas, with a slight metallic edge. Round and textured, but with lovely acidity throughout, the concentrated fruit, oak and malolactic influences are all in perfect harmony. This may not be the longest-lived Heytesbury, but it's a damn fine drop now.

  • 98 Points

    Andrew Caillard MW - The Vintage Journal

    Pale colour. Intense tropical fruit, guava, yellow peach aromas with marzipan, grilled nut flinty notes. Fresh and voluminous nectarine, yellow peach fruits, superb fine al dente textures, lovely mid-palate viscosity, underlying marzipan grilled nut notes and persistent crystalline acidity. Impressively concentrated and balanced that should develop well over a short to medium term. Beautiful to drink now - 2030.

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