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Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski
The 2016 Heytesbury Chardonnay is a pristine, focused example of the variety as grown in Margaret River. It seems more crystalline and pure, less opulent and showy than previous vintages, although I must confess a bit of ambivalence about that. Pineapple and citrus dominate the nose with just subtle oak shadings (although it's typically 50% or more new). It's medium-bodied in the mouth with a soft, custard-like richness and a silky texture that fades slowly away on the lemon-tinged finish.
The complexity spectrum is out of this world ... layer upon layer of sweetness, tropical fruits and roasted nuts are immersed with super refined citrus and buttery overtones, all resplendent thanks to precise oak and bright acidity that leave the palate fresh and firing for quite some time. Moves like a butterfly around the palate, while still retaining the grit of a tiger around the edges thanks to the precise fruit and winemaking skills of Virginia Willcock. 97 points '
WA Today - David Prestipin.
A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard sections, recognised for its innovative winemaking and distinguishing 'Heytesbury' character.
Our most unique small sections within our vineyards where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way that sets these parcels apart from the rest. Each batch was very gently pressed and the juice then transferred directly to barriques with the inclusion of all solids to achieve more of the unique vineyard character. Each batch was fermented wild with no yeast addition and was stirred throughout the nine months of maturation, allowing the yeast lees to impart further complexity, texture and palate weight to the wine. With bright, high acidity in 2016, natural malolactic fermentation was encouraged and completed.