About Heydon Estate

PHILOSOPHY

The production philosophy of the Estate is focused on one objective – Quality.

The Margaret River appellation, and in particular the sub region of Wilyabrup, was first identified as ideal for production of exceptional wines by the seminal study of Dr John Gladstones in the 1960s.
The climate, characterized by high winter rainfall and long dry summers, but with moderated maritime temperatures and particularly, cooling afternoon breezes and cool nights, make the climate similar to the great French region of Bordeaux.
In the 50 short years of it’s being, the Margaret River appellation is now credited as being the finest New World wine region of the world.
At Heydon Estate, we are further blessed by being within the “inner sanctum” – just a few square kilometers comprising the famous sub region of Margaret River known as the Wilyabrup Valley.

Our immediate and near neighbours include the iconic vineyards of Vasse Felix, Cullen and Mosswood. The finest New World Cabernets are grown in this precious earth.
Our property is stunning, 100 acres of undulating land with 2 major creek lines. The vineyard aspects, old vines, well drained gravelly soils and ideal micro climate, all combine to create a very special terroir.
Organic, biodynamic and traditional practices are hybridized within the vineyard with one overriding theme – attention to detail.
We limit our production to just 2000 cases, and only produce wines that the region has forged a reputation for excellance, and then produce these to the highest specification. The wines are cellared for an extended period until release for enjoyment in their prime.

OUR STORY

George and Mary Heydon have been involved in the wine industry since 1995.
George, still a practicing dentist in the Margaret River township, found himself driven by a lifelong passion for wine. In 2002 he completed viticulture and winemaking studies at the University of WA.

They relocated from Perth to the vineyard to live in 2004 and Mary personally hosts guests to their Cellar Door with the enthusiasm of an owner (albeit with an Irish slant)! She also looks after the many restaurants and boutique wine stores where their wines are highly sought after.

VITICULTURE

Galileo Galilei stated in the 15th century that “Wine is sunlight held together by water”. He would be in awe today if he knew just how accurate his quote was. Our old vines, planted in 1988, are in perfect balance, so with little intervention produce just the right fruit yield, with just the right vine vigour, so sunlight penetrates the canopy ripening the fruit fully and to maximise flavour development. The sunlight and vine age also limits disease pressures.

Organic, biodynamic and traditional practices are hybridized within the vineyard. As no pesticides are used, the soils are vibrant and alive with microbes, greatly increasing fertility sustainably. Insect pressure is mitigated by use of barrier methods such as Dacron bands on vine trunks. Use of cover crops provides natural mulches to further build soil structure and moisture retentivity. The vines are hand tended, no irrigation is used on the Cabernet block and little elsewhere, and vines are fully netted to ensure fruit ripens in pristine condition.

Heydon Estate

The vineyards planted from 1988 maximise the potential of aspect and soils, with stands of pristine old forest providing wind protection. The microclimate and terroir of the site is exceptional. The best of organic, biodynamic and traditional practices are adapted within the vineyards. The cellar door is an experience, with world-class aged wines tasted in reidel stemware in an atmosphere of stunning cricket memorabilia.

OWNERS : George Heydon and Mary Heydon
WINEMAKERS : Mark Messenger
ESTABLISHED : 1988
VINEYARD LOCATION : Wilyabrup
ANNUAL CRUSH : 30 tonnes
VARIETIES : Chardonnay, Semillon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc

CELLAR DOOR : 325 Tom Cullity Drive, Wilyabrup
OPEN : Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm
WINE PRICES : $25 – 75
PHONE : 9755 6995
EMAIL : info@heydonestate.com.au
WEBSITE : www.heydonestate.com.au
DISTRIBUTION : Cellar Door, Online, Mail Order, Retail


Heydon Estate Hallowed Turf chardonnay 2016 ($30)

A somewhat lighter style of chardonnay, but one still loaded with heaps of intense fruit flavours. Slight butterscotch aromas with a peach nectar character. The palate is mouth filling and appealingly fruit driven. A little edge of oak complements perfectly.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 Years

Heydon Estate The Willow chardonnay 2013 ($60)

This is a clear step from the Hallowed Turf and captures the essence of what Heydon chardies are about. Rich butterscotch and ripe stone fruit. Has a creamy texture with a nice cut of lemon and grapefruit. A trace of roasted cashew adds to the complex picture on the palate. Will cellar well with that minerally acid.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 10 years

Heydon Estate Chin Music sauvignon blanc 2017 ($25)

This is a punchy tropical fruit-laden sauvignon blanc from Margs. Has a restrained lightness on the palate with a driving fine finish. If you’re after a current drinking savvy with a touch of class, then this is right on the money.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 3 years

Heydon Estate The Urn Botrytis semillon 2014 ($35/375ml)

This is a fabulous little sweetie. It’s sweet, very sweet, yet such is the balance and crisp powdery acid that it never gets cloying or syrupy. Deeply complex orange marmalade with some edgy cumquat characters and a splash of livening lemony citrus tang. Clean precise finish.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 7 years

Heydon Estate The Sledge shiraz 2014 ($40)

The distinctive aromatics of apricot and musk indicate the presence of around 4 per cent viognier. It appears to have strengthened the tannins to support what is an opulent and immensely powerful palate. Loads of toasty oak with plum black fruit provides a sumptuous mouthfilling flavour bomb. Make sure it’s decanted in the first few years especially.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 10 years

Heydon Estate W.G. Grace cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($75)

Engaging aroma of tobacco leaf and black olive overlay, the deeper varietal blackcurrant of this firm and controlled cabernet which typifies this vintage. The tannin and oak combo works harmoniously with intensely flavoursome fruit. This is a wine that has been built for extended cellaring, but it’s smooth satiny finish makes it perfect for immediate drinking.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 20 years

Wine Making Process

All the fruit is hand picked, another important quality parameter for wine making excellence. The winemaking team limit intervention and use finest oak barriques, producing powerful but elegant wines with great age worthiness. The Chardonnay is even fermented with the wild indigenous yeasts present within the vineyard – bringing terroir into the winery.

We bottle age for an extended period prior to release to ensure our efforts have the opportunity to be displayed in quality and for maximum enjoyment when consumed. Our WG GRACE Cabernet Sauvignon, from vines planted in 1988, has been honoured in it’s 5 years with trophies at the Margaret River Wine Show (twice), and numerous Gold medals at prestigious wine shows such as Melbourne, National Wine Show in Canberra and the International Wine Challenge in London. It is consistently pointed 95 to 97 by respected reviewers James Halliday and Ray Jordan.

Our Chardonnay The WILLOW, is indeed a worthy “equal flagship”. It has twice been honoured by selection to feature at the prestigious Cullen International Wine Tasting with 21 of the world’s best Chardonnays. It also has Gold medals at prestigious National Shows and the International Wine Challenge in London.

 

Heydon Estate

325 Tom Cullity Drive Wilyabrup Western Australia, 6284

CONTACT

Phone +61 8 9755 6995 (08) 9755 6995
Fax +61 8 9755 6996 (08) 9755 6996
info@heydonestate.com.au

Website

http://www.heydonestate.com.au/

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