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Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

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Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
A revelation of control and definition, impeccably crafted to contrast white fruit presence of grand cru proportions with incisively drawn, tense acid line of beautiful poise and tightly coiled suspension. Epic.
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
Heytesbury is a more profound expression of the direction of modern Margaret River chardonnay than perhaps any other, capturing the fruit power of the region and encasing it in high-tensile structure, overlaid with funky gunflint and sulphide notes. This is winemaking on the edge: massive volumes of solids in the ferment, wild yeast and more new oak than ever. The result of this maelstrom is profound: at once chiselled, brittle and cracking and at the same time resonating with low notes of funky, savoury complexity. Its taut acidity bursts through the finish, defining a tense frame of tangy, lemon-infused persistence and soft, finely-crafted mineral texture.
Wine Taste Edition 94 2012
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright straw-green; has the poised elegance that has become the hallmark of Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay, every component finely detailed and in balance with every other component; it is driven by its stone fruit in the first instance, but with oak and acidity also contributing to the texture and complexity of the wine.
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Brilliant just brilliant wine, but don't serve too chilled. Totally modern aroma, complex with layers of savoury solids, struck flint and orange pink grapefruit citrus fruit. The palate is on the finest side of medium bodied, delicate and elegant with wonderful length of fruit texture and refinement in its acid, and a long finish.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Stylish, tightly focused and deeply flavoured, unfolding a complex, smoky fragrance of grapefruit, peach and pineapple with chalky, briny undertones and a hint of smoked bacon. Full to medium weight, it?s round and juicy but tightly sculpted as it moves down the palate, delivering lustrous citrus, melon and tropical fruit flavours artfully integrated with creamy oak and a fine, dusty spine. It finishes with meaty, creamy leesy undertones, a hint of mineral and a fresh lemony and limey acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A show-stopping follow-up to the 2009 vintage, this has a very complex and layered nose that offers concentrated peach and citrus aromas, some mealy notes, handy oak and very bright sulphides, chalky too. The palate is powerful and tightly wound, offering a sizzling acid core that carries flavours of peach and cashew nut. Super balance here, and lovely fruit flesh.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A world class chardonnay whose piercing fragrance of grapefruit, melon and tropical fruit, fresh vanilla and clove-like oak reveals suggestions of lime juice and bath powder, cinnamon and ginger. It's long and tightly sculpted, with a fine, pulpy texture beneath its pure, crystalline flavours of grapefruit, melon, white peach and pear, finishing with remarkable freshness, focus and a lingering minerality. Very complex, but perfectly balanced.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Proof that the game-changing 2009 was no one hit wonder, this is a refreshingly restrained wine that proves that Margaret River chardonnay no longer needs raw power to make an earth-shattering statement.
Wine 100 Reviews, April 2012
Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
A mighty follow-up to the sensational 2010 which took all before it on the show circuit. This is not so obvious but in some ways is a superior a bit. Carries the aromatic same mix of cereal and grapefruit, with the fine minerally thread a striking feature. Such perfect balance and poise on the palate with the fine delicate flavours held through to a long penetrating finish. Great stuff.
WA Wine Guide 2013 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
This is a very sophisticated style with layers of aroma including savoury flint and struck match, subtle honeyed oak and stone fruit. The palate is creamy and long yet tight medium bodied and beautifully balanced by oak with acid and some savoury elements assisting the very long fruit flavours. A very poised wine elegant and complex.Tasted twice.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Has swept all before it in the wine shows in Õ11. Multiple small batches were wild-fermented with cloudy juice in 71% new French oak, 29% older, and were lees-stirred for 12 months. Fruit selection was the building block, with a number of high-performing clones. The tactile sensation in the mouth is awe-inspiring, as is the latent power and intensity. State of the art in Australia.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
There's little left to the imagination with this exemplary, wild and finely crafted chardonnay. Its heady, funky bouquet of ruby grapefruit, tropical fruits, peach and melon shines through an array of wild yeast complexity from minerality to smoked meats and even a hint of washed rind cheese. it's long, creamy and perfectly focused, with mouthfilling, freshly sliced, crunchy fruit extending long and streamlined towards a briny finish. Remarkably deep, balanced and complex, it flaunts its charm and character.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
It's not only that this is the best Vasse Felix chardonnay ever but that it sets a new benchmark for this rapidly ascending producer in focus, coiled-up restraint and longevity. Control, texture, linearity, persistence, drive and sheer sophistication like none that have come before it.
Wine Taste Special Edition 18
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Oak plays a key role in the bouquet of this wine, but the quality of the fruit beneath is superb; grapefruit and nectarine, seductive spices and beguiling toastiness frames the fruit; the palate is deep and compelling, with vibrant fruit and acidity that provide a staggeringly long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Superb clarity and purity here. This has immense concentration on the nose and faultless freshness - zesty grapefruit citrus and deeply woven oak - there's a flinty edge too, very smart. The palate's seamlessly crafted and has linear shape, javelin-like line and length, lemon and grilled nut flavours, gently spiced and slow to fade. Superbly cut.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A superbly balanced and composed wine; has all the depth and richness of Margaret River at its best, with succulent nectarine and melon fruit; balanced acidity and oak on the long palate and finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A highly aromatic and striking bouquet; the depth and content of the palate are wholly remarkable at this alcohol level; nutty almond/creamy flavours seamlessly welded with melon and grapefruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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