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2012 Heytesbury

Classic in style, this barrel selection of the best Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot from the vintage takes Heytesbury to a whole new level. 2012 is another of the nine excellent seasons Margaret River has experienced since 2007. 2012 was not just another exceptional season, but also a year of significant evolution for red winemaking at Vasse Felix, with the adoption of 100% natural yeast fermentation in our top red wines.

  • Colour

    Bright maroon with a purple hue.


    Fresh fragrant black, red and blue berries, floral violet notes, cherry pip and pie crust meld with the earthy savoury tones of gravel stones, damp forest and a cedar steam nuance.


    Luscious dark berries stolen from the forest explode with a taught but voluptuous sensation. The fruit is sweet and fine but the structure is long and powerful. It has super fine tannins, fresh acid and a significant, delicious and unique memory remaining.
  • Winemaker's notes

    Harvest timing is critical to ensure flavour and tannin ripeness is perfectly balanced. The elegant fruit and savoury elements bring the most sophisticated wines that have a strong sense of place. Only when it is perfect does that parcel make it to Heytesbury. Natural and careful handling in the cellar is required while on skins to ensure preservation of fruit, individual character and perfect extraction of the finest tannins. Drained from fermenter straight to our best French oak it remains here for 18 months before the best barrels are selected for Heytesbury.
  • Varietals 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot
    Alcohol 14.5%
    Cellaring potential 10+ years
    HarvestedMar - Apr 2012
    Oak100% French oak, 18 months (54% new, 46% 1-4 year old)
    TA6.9 g/L
    Residual Sugar0.67 g/L
    BottledDecember 2013
  • Vintage Description

    Good finishing winter rains with moderate spring conditions resulted in excellent canopy health. The summer ripening period was warm and dry with some above average heat in late January prompting an early start to harvest. The weather tempered in early February and the fruit ripening slowed to a more typical pattern resulting in a long and steady vintage. Continuous fine weather remained through to 11 April when harvest was complete for these beautiful red parcels.
2012 Heytesbury
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  • 2012 Heytesbury - Reviews


  • 96 Points and Top 100 Award
    The Gold Book - Rob Geddes MW
    This commendation is official recognition by Master of Wine, Robert Geddes, that it was tasted for the 31st edition of the Australian Wine Vintages and judged thanks to its consistency of quality and style over many vintages as a Gold Star wine. This places the producers of this wine among the elite of Australia's vignerons and winemakers for their reliability to achieve consistent style, furit character, flavour complexity and freshness and freshness with this wine. Wines with five gold stars can be served with pride in the company of the world's best.
  • 98 points
    The West Australian Wine Guide 2016
    Gorgeous, gorgeous wine. Perfumed bouquet of cabernet dominance. A couple of other varieties add some interesting floral notes. The palate is so beautifully refined and elegant yet with immense power. Sweet ripe fruit fills the middle palate with blackcurrant, chocolate and cedar. The dry minerally tannins and the fine grained oak support a very long finish. This has such depth and fruit concentration all presented with such effortless ease. One of the best yet.
    November 2015
  • Outstanding
    Langton's Classification
    Heytesbury, a blend of the estate's best barrels, is sourced predominantly from the original 1967 Vasse Felix plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Petit Verdot, which gives perfume and structure, has been included in the wine since 2007. All vineyard blocks are fermented separately and handled gently in small-batch, open and static fermenters with the use of aeration. Maturation takes place in up to 92% new French oak for about 18 months. The proportion of new oak varies from year to year depending on the fruit weight and intensity of the varietal components. Fresh blackcurrant-pastille/ chamomile/ herb-garden aromas, plenty of fruit sweetness, loose-knit, fine, chalky tannins and underlying savoury oak typify the style.
  • Double Gold
    6 Nations Wine Challenge
    Six of the most influential voices in the world of wine are the judges of this unique wine Show. Only by individual invitation 600 wines are entered and judged. Outstanding entries from wine companies of all sizes, together establish the New World Nation of Show plus a range of trophies and medals.
  • 95 (97) points
    Australian Financial Review
    Massive fruit depth in here, but takes an hour or so to unwind. Cedary, Havana cigar tobacco, and fruitcake smells, plus some Stilton older wood and fine steak and kidney crusty pie. Gets violet too. Massive power on the palate with controlled dense, melting tannins and yet an openness also. Gets fruitcakey as it builds and builds. Will hit its stride in 15 years.
    Feb 2016
  • 95 points
    What a beautiful red with plum currant and stone aromas and flavors. Full body, fine tannins and a bright finish. What a wine. Better in 2017. But so impressive now.
    1 March 2016
  • 93 points
    Brilliant ruby. Bright, energetic nose displays intense redcurrant, cherry and floral pastille scents plus a hint of smoky minerality. Juicy and brisk in the mouth, offering intense redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. Succulent herb and dark chocolate qualities emerge with air and linger on the impressively long, youthfully tannic finish. This suave wine reminded me a lot of a high-class, old-school St.-Émilion.
    March 2016
  • 92 points
    Wine Spectator
    Red lively, with mint-scented cherry and raspberry fruit and fresh mineral and earth accents. The tannins are polished and sleek, lingering with a touch of vanilla and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028.
    1 March 2016
  • 94 points
    Gourmet Traveller Wine
    This cabernet sauvignon dominant blend is Vasse Felix's flagship red. Deep, bright, youthful colour introduces a ripe fruit aroma with a kiss of oak and negligible leafiness. The palate is dense and concentrated, long and showing liberal oak. An elegant, beautiful cabernet.
    Apr/May 2016
  • 5 Stars
    Chng Poh Tiong
    Lovely floral notes and red fruits. Intensity. Vivacious. Elegant tannins and freshness. Lots of poise. Great finese and harmony. Good length.
    December 2015
  • 94 points
    WBM Australia
    Needs some time in glass or decanter to show the wine in full flight, but then you're easily seduced by red and black berry fruit, choc-licorice, cedar and whiffs of regional bay leaf character. The palate is grunty with tannin, dusty almost, dark fruited and trims down to a neat, pinched finish. Lovely, really.
    May 2016
  • 97 points
    Wine Companion
    The icon red of Vasse Felix, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and petit verdot, bypassing merlot. The perfumed bouquet stands on its own considerable merits, but it is the implacable insistence of the blackcurrnet fruit, wrapped around the juicy malbec that lifts this wine onto another plane. Is it medium bodied, medium-to-full bodied or full bodied? It all depends on which facet you concentrate on, but for my money it's a remarkable medium bodied wine. 14.5% alc. RRP $90
  • 95 points
    Love the aromas of fresh mushrooms, flowers and currants. Pops out of the glass. Full body, very tight in the center palate but that takes off at the finish. Tangy and vivid acidity gives focus and life to this wine. What a wine. A blend of 77% cabernet sauvignon, 16% malbec and 7% petit verdot. Screw cap. Drink or hold.
    July 2017

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