Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2020
Just as with the Premier chardonnay, this is all barrel fermented with wild yeasts and full solids left in the juice. It’s then matured in a mix of 62 per cent new French oak and the remainder 1 and 4 year old. The concentration and power is immediately evident from the first engagement on the nose. Then the palate delivers with a bang. It’s an explosion of fruit power, cleverly augmented with oak and a little winemaking bringing even more depth and textural complexity to the table. The fruit comes from the very best sites which Vasse Felix call their Grand Cru plots. Rich and concentrated yes, but there is a minerally tension that strikes out with sustained momentum to a prolonged finish.