Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay begins life in our single-site vineyard perched high up in the beautiful rolling hills of the Eden Valley. Here our grapes luxuriate in slow ripening, allowing them to develop rich fruit characters that perfectly complement fine food. Fulfilling its destiny, this wine of complexity and finesse sits with pride on tablecloths in top restaurants everywhere. At 550 metres above sea level, Heggies Vineyard is one of Australia's highest altitude vineyards and also one of its coolest.
About the Vineyard
The close-planted vines are grown in a thin layer of grey sandy loam over clay and decomposed rock. The vines compete vigorously for moisture and nutrient in this ‘lean’ soil, encouraging roots to dig deep where it is moist and cool throughout all seasons. The high altitude and year-round cooler climate of our Eden Valley vineyard also allows the leaf canopy on our vines to grow thicker and provide more shade for the fruit for longer. The grapes are then able to ripen slowly and develop the sublime flavours Heggies Vineyard wines are renowned for.
Fermented and matured for 11 months in new French oak barriques (24%), one year old French oak barriques (23%), balance in older French oak barriques.
The wine is a pale lemon yellow colour with an intense lively nose of peach and nectarine with an edgy citrus tang of cumquats. Line and length are the hallmarks of an outstanding wine and is a signature of the Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay. The palate opens with stone fruit and builds to the mouth-filling complexity and texture of warm brioche. Interest is held by a rich creamy finish. All Heggies Vineyard wines show an excellent minerality that contributes to the length and finesse.
This Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay would be an excellent accompaniment to Asian fusion cuisine; try with steamed fish and ginger.