2015 Vasse Felix "Heytesbury" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia
**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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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."