PHILOSOPHY

The production philosophy of the Estate is focused on one objective – Quality.

The Margaret River appellation, and in particular the sub region of Wilyabrup, was first identified as ideal for production of exceptional wines by the seminal study of Dr John Gladstones in the 1960s.
The climate, characterized by high winter rainfall and long dry summers, but with moderated maritime temperatures and particularly, cooling afternoon breezes and cool nights, make the climate similar to the great French region of Bordeaux.
In the 50 short years of it’s being, the Margaret River appellation is now credited as being the finest New World wine region of the world.
At Heydon Estate, we are further blessed by being within the “inner sanctum” – just a few square kilometers comprising the famous sub region of Margaret River known as the Wilyabrup Valley.

Our immediate and near neighbours include the iconic vineyards of Vasse Felix, Cullen and Mosswood. The finest New World Cabernets are grown in this precious earth.
Our property is stunning, 100 acres of undulating land with 2 major creek lines. The vineyard aspects, old vines, well drained gravelly soils and ideal micro climate, all combine to create a very special terroir.
Organic, biodynamic and traditional practices are hybridized within the vineyard with one overriding theme – attention to detail.
We limit our production to just 2000 cases, and only produce wines that the region has forged a reputation for excellance, and then produce these to the highest specification. The wines are cellared for an extended period until release for enjoyment in their prime.

OUR STORY

George and Mary Heydon have been involved in the wine industry since 1995.
George, still a practicing dentist in the Margaret River township, found himself driven by a lifelong passion for wine. In 2002 he completed viticulture and winemaking studies at the University of WA.
They relocated from Perth to the vineyard to live in 2004 and Mary personally hosts guests to their Cellar Door with the enthusiasm of an owner (albeit with an Irish slant)! She also looks after the many restaurants and boutique wine stores where their wines are highly sought after.

VITICULTURE

Galileo Galilei stated in the 15th century that “Wine is sunlight held together by water”. He would be in awe today if he knew just how accurate his quote was. Our old vines, planted in 1988, are in perfect balance, so with little intervention produce just the right fruit yield, with just the right vine vigour, so sunlight penetrates the canopy ripening the fruit fully and to maximise flavour development. The sunlight and vine age also limits disease pressures.

Organic, biodynamic and traditional practices are hybridized within the vineyard. As no pesticides are used, the soils are vibrant and alive with microbes, greatly increasing fertility sustainably. Insect pressure is mitigated by use of barrier methods such as Dacron bands on vine trunks. Use of cover crops provides natural mulches to further build soil structure and moisture retentivity. The vines are hand tended, no irrigation is used on the Cabernet block and little elsewhere, and vines are fully netted to ensure fruit ripens in pristine condition.

WINEMAKING

All the fruit is hand picked, another important quality parameter for wine making excellence. The winemaking team limit intervention and use finest oak barriques, producing powerful but elegant wines with great age worthiness. The Chardonnay is even fermented with the wild indigenous yeasts present within the vineyard – bringing terroir into the winery.

We bottle age for an extended period prior to release to ensure our efforts have the opportunity to be displayed in quality and for maximum enjoyment when consumed. Our WG GRACE Cabernet Sauvignon, from vines planted in 1988, has been honoured in it’s 5 years with trophies at the Margaret River Wine Show (twice), and numerous Gold medals at prestigious wine shows such as Melbourne, National Wine Show in Canberra and the International Wine Challenge in London. It is consistently pointed 95 to 97 by respected reviewers James Halliday and Ray Jordan.

Our Chardonnay The WILLOW, is indeed a worthy “equal flagship”. It has twice been honoured by selection to feature at the prestigious Cullen International Wine Tasting with 21 of the world’s best Chardonnays. It also has Gold medals at prestigious National Shows and the International Wine Challenge in London.