Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Margaret River, Australia
The 2006 Heytesbury Chardonnay is a superb example of a Margaret River Chardonnay from a slightly cooler vintage. The aroma is very complex with subtle hints of lime zest, pineapple and stonefruit with beautifully integrated spicy toasted oak notes in the background, while continuing to give off a pretty jasmine tea aroma.
Australian Wine Companion - "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. Screwcap. "
The Wine Advocate - "The light gold-colored 2006 Heytesbury Chardonnay was barrel-fermented and aged in barriques for 10 months. The enticing perfume offers up mineral, hazelnuts, and tropical fruits leading to an elegant, medium-bodied Chardonnay that is balanced and dense enough to evolve for several years. This lengthy effort should be at its best from 2010 to 2016. "
International Wine Cellar - "Light, bright yellow. Oak-spicy orchard and pit fruit aromas are brightened by lemon zest and dusty minerals. Weighty apple and pear on the palate, with creamy, smoky leesiness adding complexity. Manages to be energetic and rich at the same time, finishing with very good breadth and cling. I'd drink this one on the young side."
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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 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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