Vasse Felix Heytesbury

Red Wine 2010

Vasse Felix Heytesbury Wine 2010 75clA barrel of Vasse Felix Heytesbury is a selection from the finest parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec from the 2010 Vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend includes portions of Malbec and Petit Verdot, which are distinctly perfumed, flavoured and structured. Both complement the restrained power of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Deep vibrant red with a purple hue appearance. A delicate and sophisticated perfume combining notes of red currant and blackcurrant with savoury tones of dried jarrah forest floor, peppy leaf and hints of cured venison, leather, pot pourri and mineral ironstone. The wine lands with wonderful weight, with juicy red and blueberry fruit flavours and ultra-fine tannins. It quickly tightens and dries as the acid profile bursts to life and the savoury tannins take hold. The finish carries long with earthy dark chocolate, and hints of eucalypt and liquor cherries.

It is Treated individually in small parcels, the fruit was nurtured while on skins to ensure the preservation of fruit characters and extraction of the finest tannins. After an ideal duration of skin contact, each batch was transferred to French oak. The barrel types used were carefully selected to accentuate and enhance the intricate characteristics of the wine. The wine was matured in barrel for 18 months before all batches were graded. The combination of nature and nurture has created a sophisticated wine with a strong sense of place.

Moderate spring conditions in 2009 allowed for better flowering and fruit set than experienced in the previous year. High temperatures in late January/February saw rapid ripening for whites. Harvest timing was critical. Mild conditions in early Autumn allowed an extended ripening period for reds, which was ideal. It comes with the vintage information as follows: TA: 6.9 g per litre; PH: 3.45; Residual sugar: 0.53 g per litre.

  • Deep vibrant red with a purple hue appearance
  • A delicate and sophisticated perfume combining notes of red currant and blackcurrant with savoury tones of dried jarrah forest floor, peppy leaf and hints of cured venison, leather, pot pourri and mineral ironstone
  • The wine lands with wonderful weight, with juicy red and blueberry fruit flavours and ultra-fine tannins
  • The finish carries long with earthy dark chocolate, and hints of eucalypt and liquor cherries
  • The wine was matured in French oak barrel for 18 months before all batches were graded
  • Tasting Note From Buyer: Deep red with a pink/crimson hue. Deep, concentrated and packed full of blackcurrant and mulberry aromas, with fine layers of violets, lavender, aniseed, tobacco leaf and graphite. A sensational structure that is comet-like in its profile. A ball of voluminous, sweet, dark fruit and intense tightly-wound acidity with textural tannins punctuates the entry, and continues with a long, fine, tail brimming with tangy red berries, dried sage, cedar and ultra-fine tannins
  • Key Taste Descriptors: Black Currant, Aniseed, Lavender
  • Food Pairing Suggestions: Game, Beef, Lamb
  • Awards & Ratings: James Halliday – 96/100

Our View

A bold Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend that really delivers, not for the faint hearted