Leading the line and setting the tone is the Vasse Felix Heytesbury. Classified and sporting 98 points from Ray Jordan, this swaggering Chardonnay is just one of the reasons why winemaker Virgina Wilcock is considered one of the region’s, if not the country’s, best.
Flametree and Forest Hill are both decorated with 96 point reviews from Halliday and the balance of this premium Chardonnay selection is delivered by Nannup Estate, Marchand & Burch and in-house Langton’s favourite The Williams Block from Jilyara.
La Nina has delivered a (relatively) cooler summer so far but there’s no mistaking when it’s white wine weather. Do summer right and have these Chardonnays chilling on standby.
In this WA premium Chardonnay six-pack you’ll receive one bottle each of Nannup Estate Phillip Stanley Chardonnay Blackwood Valley 2017 Flametree Srs Wallcliffe Chardonnay Margaret River 2018 Forest Hill Vineyard Block 8 Chardonnay Mount Barker 2016 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay Margaret River 2018 Marchand & Burch Chardonnay Mount Barker Great Southern 2018 Jilyara The Williams Block Chardonnay Margaret River 2019
Heytesbury has always been a yin and yang wine. It has power, structure and depth yet can appear reticent in its youth. The fruit is fabulous. Wafts of lemon balm, ginger cream and spicy oak too but it is all about the palate - linear, long, super fine, a tight acid line, it has a crushed rock character with moreish flinty sulphides - the list goes on. Everything in sync. It's one heck of a classy chardonnay.
98 points, Wine Companion (October 2019)
It's as if Vase Felix has been working towards this release over years. There is power and finesse and subtle expression. Lemony with cereal notes and roasted cashew. The palate holds it line to a long finish. Naturally fermented with nine months in new and old oak.
If the greatest wines of all prove their merit by virtue of rock-solid consistency from season to season, Heytesbury has attained the pinnacle of Australian chardonnay. The pinpoint accuracy of 2018 is breathtaking, with purity and focus that belie its deep, rising, swirling concentration and disarming line and length. Grand cru by every definition.
98 points, Top Ten Australian Wines 2019
Each hand-picked parcel is hand-sorted, cooled, whole-bunch pressed, only the free-run juice used, wild-fermented in French oak (40% new), matured for 9 months, some mlf encouraged in each batch. Its quality cannot be gainsayed, all the flavours in balance, the length good.
96 points, Wine Companion (September 2019)
Lemon citrus, almond meal, lime leaf aromas; bright and intense in the mouth. Oak is subtle. Crisp and dry, savoury and long. The lemon and grapefruit acidity tingles the edges of the tongue. A refreshing, appetising style of chardonnay. Delicious - and would be even moreso with fish.
96 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
Fermented and matured for 12 months in French oak, 50% new, 50% older. This is a sleek and glossy wine, and it does have a reserve feel about it, which means high quality fruit and expensive oak making their mark. Aromas of peach, cinnamon and grilled nuts, the palate smoothly textured with ripe fruit flavours which sustain well into the finish.
95 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
Magnificently fruited and expressed, the wine shows golden peach, baked fig, vanillin oak and brioche characters on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that’s impressively weighted and expansive. It’s mouthfilling and creamy with gorgeous complexity, finishing super long and delicious.
95 points, Wine Orbit (October 2019)
Block 8 was planted in '85, the top rows selected for this wine, chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed to French barriques (25% new) for cool fermentation, partial mlf and 10 months maturation. Superfine and elegant, with an intense stream of pink grapefruit, Granny Smith apple and white peach that doesn't allow much oak to show. All good, very good.
96 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)
Very complex and alluring bouquet with plenty of sulfide smokiness, struck-flint and grapefruit. The palate is lively and restrained, delicate yet intense, with a trace of bitterness possibly from phenolics. An intense, refined, taut wine with terrific line, length and tension.
95 points, The Real Review (September 2019)
Elegant and very fresh coming up to its third year. Sophisticated winemaking, reacting to the grapes in the press with options still open, not formulaic. Citrus, pear and white peach, all very subtle.
94 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
Struck match, grapefruit, dried pear, spice, yoghourt, and subtle vanilla oak. Light and racy, but with flavour, grapefruit and lemon pith bitterness, smoky and savoury on a long precise finish. Modern. Good.
94 points, The Wine Front (October 2019)