2016 Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay

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Heggies could be called viticultural "struggle country". The winters are cold and wet, summers mild but very dry and the soils are thin and gravelly 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.

The wine is a pale lemon yellow colour with an intense lively nose of peach and nectarine with an edgy citrus tang of cumquats. Line and length are the hallmarks of an outstanding wine and is a signature of the Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay.

The palate opens with stone fruit and builds to the mouth-filling complexity and texture of warm brioche. Interest is held by a rich creamy finish. All Heggies Vineyard wines show an excellent minerality that contributes to the length and finesse.

The wine will peak in five to seven years and will continue to offer pleasure and interest for at least 10 years. This Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay would be an excellent accompaniment to Asian fusion cuisine; try with steamed fish and ginger

Heggies Vineyard is the sort of place a man would sit on his horse in silence at sunset and marvel at the ways of nature. Through the combination of innovative viticultural practices and
unique terroir, this challenging and picturesque estate vineyard produces distinctive, balanced wines – beautifully structured and long on flavour.
Nestled in the high country of Eden Valley, Heggies Vineyard is situated at an altitude of 520m above sea level where the soil is a thin layer of grey sandy loam over clay
and decomposed rock. With only 787mm of average annual rainfall, the vines compete vigorously for moisture and nutrients, producing wines of full flavour, finesse and balance.

Heggies is our Estate Vineyard perched in the high country of Eden Valley where the combination of cool climate and altitude provide the perfect conditions for producing some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay. There are three favoured Burgundian clones on the Estate providing the majority of the vines and a range of flavour opportunities.
Fruit for this wine is selected from the older blocks on the Estate with a range of aspects. These blocks are characterised by their very shallow topsoils which are strewn with quartz on well drained slopes. The vines yield low crops, which consistently produce Chardonnay of outstanding flavour intensity. The combination of clones in this blend exhibits our extensive experience over many years of working with the variety, on this site in Eden Valley.
Pale green gold in colour. Aromas of fresh peach and white fleshed nectarines are overlaid by notes of citrus zest and roasted hazelnuts.
This vineyard consistently produces wines with a distinct and lively minerality to their palate structure. Flavours of fresh stone fruit, hazelnut nougat and citrus combine together with a fine creamy
texture underpinned by a flinty linear drive.

Outstanding with poached Atlantic salmon and a citrus
hollandaise sauce, or grilled asparagus and an egg free hollandaise.

REGION Eden Valley
WINEMAKER Teresa Heuzenroeder
HARVESTED 10th - 24th February
TREATMENT
Fermented & matured for 11 months in
new French oak barriques (30%), one year old French oak barriques (31%), balance in older French oak barriques.
ALC/VOL 13%
TOTAL ACID 5.0 g/L
pH 3.30
CELLARING Cellar up to 10 years,
will peak in 5-7 years.
VEGAN FRIENDLY

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