2010 Vasse Felix "Heytesbury" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1115380 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Heytesbury Chardonnay is another blockbuster for this wine. It offers classic Burgundian-method scents of judiciously used oak, brioche, ginger, toasted almonds and honeysuckle plus a touch of chalk dust over a core of peach kernel, lemon tart and grapefruit peel. The medium-bodied palate hits that magic sweet-spot of intense flavor coupled with an ethereal lightness and a lively yet seamless acid line that makes this wine incredibly -more-ish- (makes you want more!). It finishes with wonderfully persistent toast and spice layers. Tantalizingly drinkable yet awfully primary now, it should reward cellaring and drink to 2020+.  (8/2012)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 An oceanic chardonnay with complex fruit character, this layers leesy scents, beeswax, fresh apple and nectarine into a tense wine with richness that verges on the decadent. Oak is there, but the fragrance is much more about floral fruit, finishing with a sense of finesse. A barrel selection of the best parcels from estate vineyards, this should age with grace.  (10/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and vibrant, this is nicely framed, offering a juicy mouthful of pear, apple sauce, cinnamon and tobacco flavors, lingering on the jazzy finish. Drink now through 2017. 20 cases imported. (Web-2012)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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Margaret River