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Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2019 (Margaret River)

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2019 (Margaret River)

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The 2019 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay is bright pale deep straw in colour. 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, candle wax and fresh white leather round out this captivating aroma. 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.

"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."
97 Points - Erin Larkin, Halliday's Wine Companion, 13th August 2021

Wine Specifications

Variety: Chardonnay

Size: 750mL

Region: Margaret River

ABV: 13%

Vintage: 2019

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Winery & Vintage Info

Vasse Felix' 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 un-clarified juice. The wine was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard and remained in barrel for 9 months with some bâttonage. 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.

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.

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