|Harvested||11th - 26th February|
|Oak Treatment||Fermented & matured for 11 Months in new French oak barriques (35%), one year old French oak barriques (28%), balance in older French oak barriques.|
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.
The palate opens with stone fruit and builds to the mouth-filling complexity and texture of warm brioche. James Halliday