Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2018


Wine Front 95 Points!


Another impeccable release from the envelope-pushing Vasse Felix Heytesbury - there's nothing like it! An Australian Grand Cru.

Australia, WA, Margaret River
750mL
#White  #Chardonnay  #Vasse Felix  #Vasse Felix Heytesbury  #Western Australia  #Rest of Australia  #Margaret River  

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Wine Front 95 Points!


"Lime, pineapple rice pudding, spiced biscuits, a minor amount of struck match. Ripe flavour, all pine-lime, spice and almond, a juiciness of fruit with flinty texture, grapefruit acidity, and a lightly chalky finish of fine length. A come-hither vintage, but ever so tasty. Lovely now and over the next few years."


- Gary Walsh, Wine Front


"Our most unique small vineyard sections where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way to ignite stunning varietal and wild yeast characters. Another cool season for Chardonnay, picked slightly earlier than 2017 and showing more fruit weight and ideal sugar levels. With moderate to high acidity, just over half completed malolactic fermentation. Beautifully ripe skins created a softer Heytesbury in this vintage. Hand-harvested, whole-bunches were pressed and transferred direct to barrel as unclarified juice. The wine was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard and it remained in barrel for 9 months with some battonage. Fruit was 100% Gingin clone. A beautifully rich vintage for Chardonnay where the wines are looking approachable quite early yet will integrate and become deeper with time.


 

Pale straw with a green tinge. An enticing, complex array of citrus, lemon/lime rind and pith, with light pineapple and sweet pie crust. Inviting savoury complexities of mushroom, ocean and flinty fire cracker complete the elegant perfume. A fleshy entrance with lovely weight and richness is supported by the structure of classic Heytesbury acid and pithy firmness. An almost cuddly core reveals beautiful lemon sponge characters, then finishes dry with hints of fresh sage and stone flint."


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