Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2019
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- Margaret River
There’s a small group of Margaret River chardonnays that achieve greatness most every vintage. Vasse Felix’s Heytesbury is certainly amongst them. And the recently released 2019 might just be the greatest one they’ve made. Sporting twin 97 point reviews from James Halliday and Huon Hooke, arguably Australia’s top two wine critics, this is a wine of immense concentration, complexity and power. The Gingin clone fruit is hand harvested, fermented with natural yeasts and sent to 61% new French oak for nine months on lees, undergoing 100% malolactic fermentation in the barrel.
James Halliday is now semi-retired and personally reviews only a handful of wines each year for his Wine Companion. He saw fit to include the Heytesbury chardonnay amongst this select group. Have a look at his write-up below.
“Everyone has their favourites. The Heytesbury chardonnay style is typically the wine that my heart reaches for. I love it. The 2019 iteration is minerally; laden with graphite and crushed rocks, brine, white currant, white peach and curry leaf. Heavily worked and wild, with an attractive rawness to it. Where 2018 was about fruit power, 2019 is about complex winemaking input. This still has my heart, but for different reasons to its predecessor.”
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Margaret River is as elusive as it is beautiful, such that you really need to visit to truly grasp its haunting beauty. Über-premium Cabernet, Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends grow here. 'Margies' only produces 3% of the country's grapes, but commands over 20% of its premium wine market, and hasn't had an off vintage since 2006. You start to realise how often this region is overlooked when you can list brands like Leeuwin, Cape Mentelle, Vasse Felix, and Voyager, not to mention Cullen, Pierro, Moss Wood, and Deep Woods. It's safe to say that it's time for a revisit.