Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2005
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
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.
Australian Wine Companion - "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."
The Wine Advocate - "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. "
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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Vasse Felix Winery
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 seasons, ancient soils and cooling sea breezes from the Southern and Indian Oceans provide the Vasse Felix vineyards with ideal viticultural conditions to craft consistent, elegant and complex wines with pronounced varietal character and aroma. View all Vasse Felix Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
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.
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