This is an 85 % petit verdot and 15% cabernet blend. Gee, it’s good. Hardly surprising seeing as this vineyard has been pumping out sensational fruit for years. Love the richness and elegance here with the gravelly tannins and understated oak adding support to the mass of deep dark and highly concentrated fruit.
Ripe and generous cabernet just starting to show some subtle leathery library book-like characters within the still largely primary fruit. Blackcurrant and tart black olive with a rich chocolaty base make for a sumptuous palate. Loads of sweet fruit with a liqueur-like character adding its play.
This starting to show some subtle secondary characters of leather and spice. There’s a mix of blackcurrant and chocolaty leathery characters on the nose that merge into the palate. A little sage and black olive. Deep and generous flavours build in the mouth to a very long finish. Tight grainy tannins and subtle oak.
Beautiful, just beautiful. Spicy and slightly savoury notes on the nose blended with ripe plummy fruit with a lick of licorice. The palate is generous and powerful. Balanced and poised with a gravelly loaminess that adds mid palate complexity. A wine that will evolve with further ageing.
Another belter of a chardonnay from this excellent small producer. These wines have shown a great capacity to age and this will be no exception. At this stage the wine displays a bright colour with an enticing aroma of fig and peach splashed with a citrus grapefruit mix. The palate is still rather tight a d will benefit from further ageing which it will handle easily.
Heydon Estate Chin Music sauvignon blanc 2015 ($20)
This mature vineyard produces some exceptional sauvignon blanc and this one is another beauty. Lovely intensity of fruit on the nose displaying subtle herbal and gooseberry characters with an edge of citrus. The palate is intense and pure with a minerally fineness about it. Good depth and fruit richness. Very good wine.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 5 years
Heydon Estate The Willow Single Vineyard chardonnay 2011 ($50)
Has emerged as one of the leading chardonnays in the past few years. The extra year in bottle has allowed it to start to develop some gorgeous toasty characters evident on the nose and palate. It’s rich with stone fruit and roasted nuts plus a splash of lemon. Long and deeply flavoursome.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 4 years
Heydon Estate The Sledge Single Vineyard shiraz 2012 ($40)
This is a shiraz with plenty of style and poise. It’s been given four per cent viognier to bring a lifted aromatic influence while also adding to the tannin structure. Savoury fruit with dark chocolate and plum infused with a little coffee grind. So smooth and silky with a delicious dry savoury finish.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Heydon Estate W.G. Grace cabernet sauvignon 2009 ($60)
A high-class cabernet released when it’s starting to achieve some of its best drinking. Has a lovely spicy leathery aroma working with the primary blackcurrant and edgy black olive characters. The palate is based on firm ripe tannins and some well-weighted oak supporting the intensely concentrated fruit.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years
Heydon Estate The Urn botrytis semillon 2013 ($35/375ml)
A rich and delicious example of a sweet botrytisinfluenced dessert wine. Sweet and luscious in the middle palate but with a dried fruit finish and a crisp acidity that keeps it focused and linear. Loads of honey and marmalade characters with a splash of citrus.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years
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