Meet the 98pt Chardonnay of your dreams. Your old-school dreams. Butter, caramel oak & peach burst from the glass in the 2018 Heggies Eden Valley Chardonnay. A surefire classic, from a grand old name.
Now here’s a wine that’s been to the school that matters: The all-important Old-School. Where Chardonnay was for the bold. The powerful. The decadent. Oak, warmth and generosity are as critical to the winemaking as the High Eden Valley fruit itself. If this feels like what true Chardonnay is meant to taste like, the Heggies has nailed the assignment.
In the reach of modern winemaking, it’s also an art form that seems lost to the new guard. Yet Heggies, the pantheon of Eden Valley nostalgia is here to help us all reminisce, and remind us quietly of the kind of wines that put Australian Chardonna on the map in the first place.
One taste, and it’s easy to see why the judges at Wine State magazine let loose with a near-perfect 98pt score. A score we might add that’s usually reserved for the meagre allocated and not-so-humbly priced flagships.
It’s that unmistakable nose that draws you in. Lemon balm, butter, white peach, oatmeal, caramel Tarte-Tatin. A hit-list of aromas from an olden time Chardonnay playlist. It’s got glorious oak, full and ripe, yet never hot. It’s not shy, and we like that.
If you’ve craved for something to placate the Mountadam’s, Richmond Grove’s or Scarborough Chardonnay’s of old, then this Heggies Eden Valley Chardonnay is yours to keep.
How's it taste?
A single vineyard modern Australian Chardonnay with an elegant, layered palate of stone fruit and hazelnut underpinned by the fine creaminess of yeast lees contact and French oak. Pale green-gold in colour. Fresh and fragrant aromas of stone fruits, grapefruit pith and citrus zest with subtle hints of roasted hazelnuts and spicy oak.
How was it made?
Heggies Vineyard is perched in the high country of Eden Valley, where the combination of cool climate and high altitude provide the perfect conditions for producing some of Australia’s finest Chardonnay. The majority of the estate is comprised of three favoured Burgundian clones that provide a range of flavour. Fruit for this wine is selected from the older blocks on the estate. The vines yield low crops, which consistently produce Chardonnay of outstanding flavour intensity.
Fermented and matured for 11 months in new French oak barriques (28%), one year old French oak barriques (25%), balanced in older French oak barriques.
98 Points. A beautifully complex style of chardonnay that exhibits excellent weight and length and is a flavoursome mix of tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus and hazelnuts.
Very attractive yellow-peach and citrus aromas with a thread of hazelnut. The palate has a very attractive, fleshy, soft and supple core, some grip and nice acidity on the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Jane Faulkner - Halliday's Wine Companion
No information but a fair whack of oak flavour in the mix. It runs a tight race giving little away. Some citrus, some flint and a firm palate equally so with the acid line.