Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 (6 x 750mL), Eden Valley, SA.

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Overview

Heggies could be called viticultural "struggle country". The winters are cold and wet, summers mild but very dry and the soils are thin and gravely on well drained slopes. This gives low yields but consistently produces grapes of outstanding flavour intensity. There are seven different selections of Chardonnay in Heggies Vineyard with three favoured Burgundian variants comprising the majority of the vines. The vines are shy bearing, giving grapes of intense flavour. Hand picking and gentle whole bunch pressing minimises the extraction of tannins and preserves natural fruit aromas.

Region:
SA - Eden Valley
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

The cool 2011 season has coaxed out the finest chardonnay I can recall from the high vineyard of Heggies. It’s delightfully refined, producing a restrained and honed wine of wonderfully fine texture and considerable persistence. Elegant white peach, grapefruit and fresh fig fruit is nuanced with notes of almond and vanilla, with oak and fruit uniting harmoniously, carrying each other forth into a finish of substantial endurance. Rating 93 - Drink to 2017, Tyson Stelzer, tysonstelzer.com

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

The wine is pale straw in colour with green tints.

Aroma

The bouquet is at full intensity opening with aromas of nectarine stonefruit and lemon blossom melded with nuances of nougat and roasted cashews. Line and length are the hallmarks of an outstanding wine and is a signature of the Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay.

Palate

The palate builds with creamy fullness reminiscent of shortcrust cheesecake and “struck match” flintiness from the wild yeasts. All Heggies Vineyard wines show excellent minerality that contributes to the length and finesse.

Vintage
2011
Region
SA - Eden Valley
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
12.5%

Winery Profile

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The magnificent sweep of country that is now the Heggies Vineyard had been grazing land for most of its settled history and was owned by local grazier and bushman, Colin Heggie, before being purchased by Wyndham Hill Smith, then Manager of the Yalumba Wine Company.

Friends since school days, Colin and Wyndham's friendship continued into adulthood and throughout their lengthy negotiation over the purchase of Heggie's land - a negotiation that was, it has been suggested, not a lot more than an excuse for relaxed chats about land, cattle, horses, wine and life!

Planting began in 1971 on the tough North Eastern corner of the property and the first wine was released in 1979. It was the first wine to bear the idiosyncratic label that features a drawing of Colin Heggie, the bushman, looking out over the fledgling Heggies plantings astride his faithful chestnut, Jack.

At 550 metres above sea level, Heggies is one of Australia's highest altitude vineyards and also one of its coolest. The close-planted clonally-selected grafted vines are grown in semi-drought conditions, meaning the soil is lean and hungry - a thin layer of grey sandy loam over clay and decomposed rock. The vines compete vigorously for moisture and nutrient, encouraging roots to dig deep into the soil where it is moist and cool throughout all seasons.

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