97 pts James Suckling April 2020
Deeply complex and so richly fruited, this is all wrapped in very tautly in a flavor-soaked and seamless chardonnay. Aromas of wet stones, yellow grapefruit, flint, green lemons, fresh oak and white peaches are all tightly arrayed. The palate has mouthwatering punch and crispness. Very assertive and driving with a sleek overall feel, but packed with powerful, pristine white-peach, lemon, apricot and green-mango flavors. So long. This is a modern benchmark. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
96 pts Wine Enthusiast August 2020
One of the most highly regarded Chardonnays in Australia, the 2018 Heytesbury shines. The reductive, flinty style typical to this wine is still there but is more reigned in these days: roasted hazelnuts layered with delicate citrus and stone fruit. The palate is beautifully complex and highly textural, nutty, mineral nuances flowing through to a lengthy finish. Elegant yet powerful, drinking gorgeously now but with the ability to age for several decades.
94 pts Wine Advocate Jan 2020
The medium to full-bodied 2018 Heytesbury Chardonnay is rich and dense, intensely concentrated and packed with intricate dried-spice nuances. Notes of crushed stone set the stage, while melon and white peach notes constitute the fruity core, developing taut citrus nuances on the long, refreshing finish. 2020-2027
Our most unique small vineyard sections where clone, aspect and soil interplay in such a way to ignite stunning varietal and wild
yeast characters. Another cool season for Chardonnay, though picked two weeks earlier than 2017 and showing more fruit weight
and ideal sugar levels. With moderate to high acidity, just over half completed malolactic fermentation. Beautifully ripe skins created a
softer Heytesbury in this vintage. Hand-harvested, whole-bunches were pressed and transferred direct to barrel as unclarified juice.
The wine was fermented with only natural yeasts from the vineyard and it remained in barrel for 9 months with some battonage. Fruit was 100% Gingin clone. A beautifully rich vintage for Chardonnay where the wines are looking approachable quite early yet will integrate and become deeper with time.
APPEARANCE :Pale straw with a green tinge.
NOSE: An enticing, complex array of citrus, lemon/lime rind and
pith, with light pineapple and sweet pie crust. Inviting savoury
complexities of mushroom, ocean and flinty fire cracker complete
the elegant perfume.
PALATE: A fleshy entrance with lovely weight and richness is
supported by the structure of classic Heytesbury acid and pithy
firmness. An almost cuddly core reveals beautiful lemon sponge
characters, then finishes dry with hints of fresh sage and stone flint