2015 Vasse Felix "Heytesbury" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia

SKU #1275464 97 points James Halliday

 **Top 100 Wines of 2016** One of the icons of Margaret River, a chardonnay that has had spectacular success in shows over the past 5+ years, this vintage typical. The mouthfeel and balance are flawless, supple yet focused, all the ingredients - fruit, oak, acidity - in perfect harmony and balance.

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Winemaker Virginia Willcock has taken Vasse Felix’s top Chardonnay to extraordinary heights this year. Chardonnay yields in the region were down, and this wine reflects an extra level of concentration and power as a result. Grilled peaches and tangerines provide ample flesh, yet the wine remains focused and refreshing through the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2025.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay Heytesbury explodes on the nose with ripe apricot, pineapple and honeydew notes plus suggestions of cashews, cedar, marmite and struck match. Medium-bodied and wonderfully elegant for this intensity of flvors, it has lively backbone and creamy texture, with a finish that goes on and on. (LPB)  (3/2016)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Virginia Willcock selects this wine from the top-performing blocks of the Holmes à Court family vineyards, three sites in Wilyabrup on gravelly loam over clay. She ferments it in barriques without added yeast, and does not encourage malolactic, sustaining enough brisk freshness to handle the richness she’s attained through nine months of lees stirring. Willcock’s masterful work with oak is apparent in the reductive aspects in this wine, the kind of sulfury minerality you might find in a young Burgundy. Here it points up the cool fruit flavors and a salty note in the finish. The texture is broad and substantial, then the wine narrows and tightens, lasting on an umami savor of roasted veal and brighter hints of flowers.  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Impressive, with precision to the smoke and toast accents and nutmeg-scented pear and lime flavors. Shows depth and intensity, featuring a smooth frame and crisp acidity, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 50 cases imported. (MW)  (5/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Serious stuff on the nose. Really lifted and appetising with just a Roulot amount of matchstick (not much). Beautifully sculpted. Crystalline and transparent but with all the goods lurking with an array of green fruits underneath.  (1/2016)

K&L Notes

95 points Wine Front: "Huge amount of struck match, lime, nougat, oatmeal and cedar. Fresh, light, glossy feel, but thoroughly flinty and tight, with smoke wafting over pebbles, maybe some white peach and pear, but mainly citrus into the lime spectrum. Finish is very long and precise. Waiting waiting. It’s quite light but will gain flesh with a few years cellaring."

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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