Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

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.

Wine Production

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Food Pairing

This Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay would be an excellent accompaniment to Asian fusion cuisine; try with steamed fish and ginger.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Heggies Vineyard
Soil composition
thin and gravelly on well drained slopes
Elevation
1,600 feet
Average Vine Age
25
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Prefermentation Technique
1-4 days on solids before wild yeast start to ferment
Fermentation container
Barriques
Malolactic fermentation
no
Fining agent
Vegan
Type of aging container
Barriques
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
11 months
Certifying Organizations
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability Certification
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence