Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2018

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

About the Vineyard

Our most unique small vineyard sections where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way to ignite stunning varietal and wild yeast characters. Another cool season for Chardonnay, picked slightly earlier than 2017 and showing more fruit weight and ideal sugar levels. With moderate to high acidity, just over half completed malolactic fermentation. Beautifully ripe skins created a softer Heytesbury in this vintage. Hand-harvested, whole-bunches were pressed and transferred direct to barrel as unclarified juice. The wine was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard and it remained in barrel for 9 months with some battonage. Fruit was 100% Gingin clone. A beautifully rich vintage for Chardonnay where the wines are looking approachable quite early yet will integrate and become deeper with time.

Wine Production

Similar to the previous season, the 2018 vintage experienced cooler than average conditions. Spring and early Summer delivered intermittent cool then moderate weeks before a run of below average temperatures in January and February. Late January rain led to a fear of disease, however a beautiful period of ripening followed with ample sunshine and strong daily sea breezes preserving vibrant fruit flavours and acidity. Our white varieties ripened with ideal sugar levels and high malic acid content for the third year running, resulting in a desire to allow some natural malolactic ferment in Chardonnays.

Tasting Notes

APPEARANCE Pale straw with a green tinge.

NOSE An enticing, complex array of citrus, lemon/lime rind and pith, with light pineapple and sweet pie crust. Inviting savoury complexities of mushroom, ocean and flinty fire cracker complete the elegant perfume.

PALATE A fleshy entrance with lovely weight and richness is supported by the structure of classic Heytesbury acid and pithy firmness. An almost cuddly core reveals beautiful lemon sponge characters, then finishes dry with hints of fresh sage and stone flint

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Margaret River
Vineyard name
Selected sites throughout Margaret River
Average Vine Age
10 - 20 yo
Exposure
Various
Harvest time
February-March 2018
First vintage of this wine
1997
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Prefermentation Technique
100% wild yeast
Fermentation container
French Barriques
Age of Aging Container
42% new, 58% 1-3 year old
Malolactic fermentation
Partial
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
3.19
Residual sugar
1.1 g/L
Acidity
6.8 g/L

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