Cool, stone aromas with subtle cooked apples and lemons. Cream and floral undertones. Full body. Layered and flavorful with so much intensity of fruit and cellar finesse. Yet, always subtle and tight. Full and fresh. Drink now. Screw cap.
95 points, James Suckling (Jun 2019)
The 2017 Heytesbury Chardonnay ratchets up the intensity level, from the toasted hazelnut aromas to the white peach and ripe pineapple flavors. It's still only medium-bodied, but it seems rounder and more generous in the mouth, with a silky texture that lingers on the finish. It's a clear step up from the two other Chardonnays in the VF lineup, but it's also priced accordingly.
94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # Interim - Jun 2019)
This vintage of Heytesbury is precise if a little austere. Right now it needs plenty of swirling in glass to open up, but when it does it hints at great things to come. In the shadows lie classic Margaret River Chard notes like melon and stone fruit, oyster shell, salted nuts and plenty of toasty spicy oak. The palate is incredibly focused and beautifully textural, with bright crunchy acidity. Leave this be for another year or so and watch it slowly begin to blossom. Drink 2020–2029.
93 points, Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast (Oct 2019)