Bright pale straw with a green tinge. A complex and powerful perfume. Bursting with fragrant pineapple and lemon freshness, the nose gently releases its cache of wild barrel ferment characters. Crusty apple pie, pretty lavender, struck stone flintiness, plus subtle lamb fat and bay leaf provide shadow and depth to the bright citrus that shines from the core. Intricate, luscious and mouth-watering, reflecting pineapple, custard apple and water chestnut, lightly spiced with cloves, vanillan oak and almond biscuit flavors. Opens with juicy fruit and evolves to a tight acid drying finish, that carries the pristine and complex flavors for remarkable length.
Australian Wine CompanionBright 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.
The Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Heytesbury Chardonnay displays coy, youthfully mute aromas of white peach, orange blossom and cedar with suggestions of crushed stones, allspice, ground ginger and cashews. Tightly knit in the medium-bodied mouth, it is packed with taut citrus, peach, pear and mineral flavors offset by a very good acid line and gentle silkiness to the texture. The finish is long with the toast and nuts flavors coming through. It really needs another year at least in bottle and should drink best 2014 to 2020+. Rating: 93+