2010 Vasse Felix "Heytesbury" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
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+.
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.
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)