Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017

A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.

About the Vineyard

2017 was a cooler and later vintage than the previous 10 years; a year of elegant, perhaps slightly lighter bodied wines, though ripe in flavour, vibrant and very perfumed. Higher than average yields in combination with a cooler season contributed to delayed ripening of the fruit and good acid retention. With the cooler weather, canopy management and fruit thinning was imperative to mitigate disease pressures and allow for even, persistent ripening. 

Wine Production

Our most unique small vineyard sections where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way to ignite stunning varietal and wild yeast characters. A beautiful cool season saw Chardonnay picked three weeks later than the last 10 years, with elegant fruit perfumes, ideal sugar levels and high acidity. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged, though it is not an obvious feature of the wine. Due to the cool conditions, 52% of the fruit was Selectiv machine harvested to extract additional fine flavours from the skins before pressing. After settling for a short time, the cloudy juice was transferred straight to barrel. The remaining balance was hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed and transferred direct to barrel as unclarified juice. The wine was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard and remained in barrel for nine months with some battonage. The fruit was 100% Gingin clone from Wilyabrup and Wallcliffe. 

Tasting Notes

Elegant, fragrant notes of hazelnut, mealy wafer and brioche intertwine with grapefruit, hints of fine lemon pith and honey dew melon. Underlying tones of candlewax, champignon, ginger and fennel also play a part in this complex perfume.

A satin light entrance builds to a long, tangy dry finish filled with delicate characters reminiscent of peach custard brioche, hazelnuts and candle wax, supported by fine lemon pith and anise

Production Info
Vineyard name
Selected sites throughout Margaret River
Soil composition
deep gravel loam soil over clay
Average Vine Age
10 - 20 yo
Exposure
Various
Year vineyard planted
1996-2008
First vintage of this wine
1997
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Prefermentation Technique
100% wild yeast
Fermentation container
Barriques
Age of Aging Container
53% new, 47% 1-3 year old
Malolactic fermentation
Full
Type of aging container
Barriques
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
9 months
Certified Vineyards
Vasse Felix manages its vineyards organically and is currently completing the process to achieve Organic Certification.
Certifying Organizations
NASSA
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.1
Residual sugar
0.9 g/L
Acidity
6.3 g/L

Other wines you may like from

Vasse Felix

Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon-based Blends

View Details

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay

Chardonnay & Chardonnay-based blends

View Details

Vasse Felix Premier Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon-based Blends

View Details

Vasse Felix Premier Chardonnay

Chardonnay & Chardonnay-based blends

View Details

Vasse Felix Tom Cullity

Cabernet Sauvignon-based Blends

View Details