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2017 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

2017 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

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13.0%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Margaret River
2017
750ml
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$84.99
13.0%
Cellar to 2030
Screw Cap
Margaret River
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • 'An Australian Grand Cru'
    Huon Hooke

    Heytesbury Chard, one of Australia's and the world's best examples of this wine. Full Stop. And in 2017 you will find it hard to get any better than this. Made from a selection of the most unique and striking rows of fruit from the Vasse empire, this tightly wound wine will strike you with its complexity and character. Entrenched with grain, meal and almond, you will find the beautiful twists of lemon, peel and honey-dew melon opening up in the glass. 2017 is where winemakers like Virginia Wilcox thrive.

    The cooler conditions prevailed, meaning her thoroughly careful and modern take on Margaret River Gin Gin clone Chardonnay has shined right through. While malolactic is encouraged in the wine, it is a dominant feature, and nor is the oak, only used in the perfect ratio to ensure the fruit sucks up the wood character, rather than be dominated by it. While its a little restrained now, this vintage will shine in a few years time. Do what you must to get your hands on a bottle of this vintage of Heytesbury, arguably the finest ever release put together by Vasse Felix.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • 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 beautiful cool season saw Chardonnay picked three weeks later than the last 10 years, with elegant fruit perfumes, ideal sugar levels and high acidity. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged, though it is not an obvious feature of the wine.

    Due to the cool conditions, 52% of the fruit was Selectiv machine harvested to extract additional fine flavours from the skins before pressing. After settling for a short time, the cloudy juice was transferred straight to barrel. The remaining balance was hand-harvested, whole-bunch 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 nine months with some battonage. The fruit was 100% Gingin clone from Wilyabrup and Wallcliffe. A very restrained vintage has produced a young wine that will blossom with time in bottle.

    Vintage - 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. Alcohol - 13.0% Oak - French Oak Barrique, 53% new, 47% 1-3 year old

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Bright, light golden straw. Elegant, fragrant notes of hazelnut, mealy wafer and brioche intertwine with grapefruit, hints of fine lemon pith and honey dew melon. Underlying tones of candlewax, champignon, ginger and fennel also play a part in this complex perfume. A satin light entrance builds to a long, tangy dry finish filled with delicate characters reminiscent of peach custard brioche, hazelnuts and candle wax, supported by fine lemon pith and anise.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Vasse Felix was the first vineyard and winery to be established in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. Established in 1967 by Dr Tom Cullity, it is situated in the Willyabrup sub region where ancient soils and cooling Southern and Indian Ocean breezes provide ideal conditions for fine wine production. Vasse Felix is owned and operated by the Holmes a Court family. The Vasse Felix winemaking team shares a common goal in crafting wines of exceptional quality from unique vineyard sites. Under the direction of Chief Winemaker Virginia Willcock, the objective remains the same today as it did 40 years ago. A precise understanding of local viticulture and environment is coupled with a hands on winemaking approach. The Vasse Felix style shows concentration and complexity while retaining signature elegance and finesse. It is a testament to winemaking and viticultural dedication and attention to detail throughout the year. The revered Vasse Felix Heytesbury wines are produced in limited quantities from a barrel selection of the finest fruit parcels each vintage. Vasse Felix continues to be one of the most highly awarded and visited wineries in Australia.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 98 POINTS

    DECANTER


    This is savoury with bags of personality. Beautiful floral, flinty, smoky and lemony aromatics with a hint of spice. Delightful textural quality with toasty, savoury and spicy nuances with flinty acidity drawing out the long, chalky finish.

    98 POINTS

    ANGUS HUGHSON


    Bright light golden in colour. Superb purity and balance from the get-go. A bright and pristine Margaret River Chardonnay with more of the citrus floral fruits than usual with a touch of nectarine all wrapped up in a blanket of restrained barrel ferment complexity plus superb quality oak well intregrated. Seamless on the palate - excellent fruit concentration and vitality lead to an exceptionally long, almost mineral driven fruit. A perfect core of fruit underneath with echos of Corton-Charlemagne. Hard if not impossible to beat.'

    98 POINTS

    RAY JORDAN


    The best chardonnay yet from Vasse Felix. There is texture and richness but with control and finesse. Layers of flavours, with chalky acidity sustaining the remarkably long finish. Carrying more flesh than some recent vintages but still within the style parameters synonymous with Heytesbury. It's all wild-yeast fermented with about 52 per cent new oak, which has been backed off from recent vintages. A concentrated power-plus wine.'

    97 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Consistently at the forefront of Australian chardonnay, attention to detail as important for the smallest detail as the largest. Texture is as important as flavour, although it can't always be possible to deconstruct the two. The elephant in this room is complexity, and the need to control it, for although deliberate, it may damage the very thing it was trying to create.

    96 POINTS

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT


    Yes it’s flinty and complex but the fruit is just divine. This is top shelf. White peach city. The flesh of nashi pears, bran and woodsmoke characters, some funk, some flint, some cedarwood and nougat. A slight, slight trace of tinned two-fruits too, which of course ties in with the predominant fruit flavours but there’s a slight steel/can character as well. It works a treat. It’s beautiful.

    96 POINTS

    BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    Tasted alongside the regular label, this wine has the volume turned up and is altogether a richer, weightier and more assertive chardonnay with obvious cellaring potential. A serious thoroughbred with mineral, hazelnut, citrus, apple, peach and brioche flavours, together with a subtle floral character. Very impressive now, more impressive later'

    95 POINTS

    JEREMY OLIVER


    Elegant and composed, this ageworthy chardonnay has a pithy bouquet of grapefruit, lemon and fresh vanilla oak backed by briny, chalky undertones. It’s long and stylish, with a gentle but fleshy core of vivacious fruit that moves easily along a fine, chalky texture towards a brisk and appropriately taut acidity, finishing with persistent notes of fruit and smoked meats.'

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    Tasted alongside the regular label, this wine has the volume turned up and is altogether a richer, weightier and more assertive chardonnay with obvious cellaring potential. A serious thoroughbred with mineral, hazelnut, citrus, apple, peach and brioche flavours, together with a subtle floral character. Very impressive now, more impressive later'

    ACCOLADES


    Best in Show - Decanter World Wine Awards 2019