Heggies Vineyard Chardonnay Eden Valley 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

There are seven different selections of Chardonnay clones at Heggies, with three favoured French Bernard variants comprising the majority of this wine. The younger plantings are trained to a vertically shoot-positioned canopy and the older vines are on a two wire vertical framework, this giving a range of flavour opportunities. Hand picking and gentle whole bunch pressing minimises the extraction of tannins and preserves natural fruit aromas. The Heggies picking and pressing regime gives fine juice with light solids; the whole juice fraction was fermented by the wild vineyard yeasts in new and previously used French oak barrels. This wine offers a rich and complex nose, with a delightful meld of citrus zest, crème brûlée and stylish French oak and cashew notes. The palate is mouth filling, displaying pear and nougat flavours balanced by the typical Heggies Vineyard minerality. This is a wonderful Chardonnay wine with excellent length and a lingering texture.

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Heggies Vineyard:
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 t... Read more
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. Read less
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There are seven different selections of Chardonnay clones at Heggies, with three favoured French Bernard variants comprising the majority of this wine. The younger plantings are trained to a vertically shoot-positioned canopy and the older vines are on a two wire vertical framework, this giving a range of flavour opportunities. Hand picking and gentle whole bunch pressing minimises the extraction of tannins and preserves natural fruit aromas. The Heggies picking and pressing regime gives fine juice with light solids; the whole juice fraction was fermented by the wild vineyard yeasts in new and previously used French oak barrels. This wine offers a rich and complex nose, with a delightful meld of citrus zest, crème brûlée and stylish French oak and cashew notes. The palate is mouth filling, displaying pear and nougat flavours balanced by the typical Heggies Vineyard minerality. This is a wonderful Chardonnay wine with excellent length and a lingering texture.

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