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Heydon Estate is a boutique, family owned and operated wine producer located in the heart of Wilyabrup in the Margaret River wine region. All wines are from the estate’s single vineyard established in 1988, producing some of the region’s finest Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Botrytis Semillon, Shiraz and Petit Verdot.
Attention to detail is the Heydon family’s mantra, from the application of rigorous organic and traditional practices in the vineyard, to releasing wines once they’ve achieved ideal bottle age and serving them in fine Riedel glassware.
Heydon Estate enjoys a prime location within the Margaret River wine region; just a few special square kilometres known as the Wilyabrup Valley. Neighbours include the iconic, pioneering vineyards of Vasse Felix, Moss Wood and Cullen. The Heydon Estate property is stunning; 40 ha of undulating land with two major creek lines and substantial areas of native bush. The vineyard aspect, well-drained gravelly soils and ideal mesoclimate all combine to create a very special terroir.
The vineyard, established in 1988, now comprises Chardonnay (3.5 ha), Shiraz (2.8 ha), Semillon (1.3 ha), Cabernet Sauvignon (1.2 ha), Sauvignon Blanc (0.8 ha) and Petit Verdot (0.4 ha). These old vines are now in perfect balance, so with very minimal intervention, they produce just the right amount of fruit (with yields <5t/ha) and vine vigour, allowing sunlight to penetrate the canopy for balanced ripening and hence flavour development. This level of sunlight, in combination with vine age, also assists greatly to minimise disease pressure. A combination of biodynamic, organic and traditional practices are used within the vineyard (non-certified).
The production philosophy of Heydon Estate starts with attention to detail in the vineyard and extends through all aspects of winemaking, resulting in wines of quality that express their unique terroir. Production is limited to 2000 dozen bottles and the estate’s focus is on those varieties for which the Margaret River region is most renowned. All fruit is hand-picked and winemaking intervention is limited, with an emphasis on expressing the single estate origin. Wines are matured in the finest French oak and bottle aged for an extended period, to ensure optimum enjoyment on release.
The family’s other passion, cricket, takes pride of place on the wine labels with names such as “The Willow” and “W.G. Grace” featuring on the flagship wines.
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