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James Halliday Review of Current Releases

“Ideal Pitch” – The Weekend Australian Magazine, 31st March

95 points: 2016 Heydon Estate Hallowed Turf Single Vineyard Margaret River Chardonnay:
“Clonal mix of 50% 95 and 227, 50% gingin, 50% barrel fermentation in used French oak, 50% stainless steel barrels. Extraordinarily intense chardonnay; the oak has disappeared, leaving a pure, unadorned varietal mix of stone fruit and citrus.”  Drink to 2024.

97 points: 2014 Heydon Estate The Willow Single Vineyard Margaret River Chardonnay
“100% gingin clone, whole-bunch pressed, cloudy juice to French oak (40% new), wild fermentation. This is true elegance, the straightest of straight bats. Margaret River isn’t given to producing Chablis style, but this has a go, with many years (and runs) ahead.”  Drink to 2026.

96 points: 2013 Heydon Estate WG Grace Single Vineyard Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
“Crushed, destemmed, with four weeks on skins and 18 months in French oak (60% new). A very powerful wine, cabernet at its haughtiest best; the tannins are a firm but balanced part of the long, structured blackcurrant and black olive finish.”  Drink to 2038.

Download a digital version of the complete article here (as it appeared in The Weekend Australian Magazine).