Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia

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Item No. 105966
  • JH96
  • RP91
  • ST91
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • WS93
  • W&S91
  • 2001
  • RP88
  • 1998
  • WS87
  • RP85
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Winemaker's Notes

Heytesbury Chardonnay is made from a barrel selection of the best Chardonnay at each vintage. Fermented entirely with wild yeast and matured in French oak for 10 months. The Heytesbury Chardonnay is made without compromise, and its production is strictly limited.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
96 Points

"The 2005 Chardonnay "Heytesbury" was partially wild yeast fermented along with partial malolactic fermentation. It was aged for 10 months in French oak. Light gold-colored, it offers an alluring perfume of toast, smoke, butter, hazelnuts, mineral, and tropical aromas. This leads to a medium-bodied, full-flavored Chardonnay with excellent depth and concentration. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. "
91 Points

"Light yellow. Pungent pear, peach and honeydew aromas are given depth by toasty lees. Spicy citrus zest-accented orchard fruit flavors are sweetened by suave oak spice. Chewy in texture and long and juicy on the clinging finish. Balances richness with energy in a highly attractive, ready-to-drink package."
91 Points

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Planted in 1967, Vasse Felix was the first vineyard to be established in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia. Family owned and operated by the Holmes a Court family, Vasse Felix is internationally recognized as a leading Margaret River winery, restaurant and cellar door and is found in the heart of Margaret River's famous sub-region, Willyabrup. Long growing...

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Learn About Margaret River

Located in the southwest area of Western Australia, the country's largest state, Margaret River wine growing region is on a peninsula jutting out into the Indian Ocean. The climate is reminiscent of Bordeaux in some ways, leading many winemakers to plant grapes of that nature, such as Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.

Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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