EXPERIENCE HEGGIES VINEYARD
Planting began in 1971 and the first wine was released in 1979. At 550 metres above sea level, Heggies is one of Australia's highest altitude vineyards and also one of its coolest. In such a unique vineyard, each grape variety needs its own specialised viticultural programme of care according to its position within the vineyard. This philosophy results in some of the best fruit in Eden Valley which captures the flavour and balance of the grapes in their purest essence.
Heggies's winemaker, Peter Gambetta brings onboard rich winemaking experience from his years in the premium wine-growing regions of Coonawarra, Barossa and Eden Valleys, and he is aided by Darell Kruger, the vineyard viticulturist.
Chardonnay is the flagship Heggies wine, and it bears the stamp of this exceptional vineyard. The wine is derived from Burgundian Chardonnay clones grown in an extremely low-yielding viticultural environment, naturally fermented by the use of indigenous yeasts, and receiving partial malolactic fermentation, all of which adds to the individuality of the wine and its potential to further age gracefully in the bottle. The `Reserve' Chardonnay wine is a blend of the best barrels from the best hand-picked Chardonnay fruit in the single Estate of Heggies Vineyard.
Through the combination of innovative viticultural practices and unique ‘terroir’, this challenging and picturesque estate vineyard produces distinctive, balanced wines – beautifully structured and long on flavour.
Heggies Vineyard Riesling grapes are picked in the cool of the night and swiftly transported to the winery. There is minimal handling of the fruit and only the free run juice is selected for the Heggies Vineyard Riesling 2015. The juice is fermented at cool temperatures using aromatic yeasts and blended early at the completion of fermentation. At Heggies Vineyard there are a number of blocks of Riesling available, so when the final blend is made there are a variety of options to ensure each vintage is of consistently excellent quality.
Eden Valley had good rainfall from April to July but was quite dry for the spring and early summer months. These mild conditions allowed an early bud break and generous Riesling crops to set. Heggies vineyard has limited water availability so a down-pour in early January was welcome to freshen the grapes and carry them through to an early harvest.
The wine is a pale straw colour with a green tinge, showing fresh and alluring aromatics of citrus blossom and lemon zest.
The palate is fresh and crisp, showing white flower aromas and a lemon drop acidity progressing to a tight, Eden Valley Riesling finish.
Enjoy with freshly shucked oysters.