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2014 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

'Lays it all out there from the first sip - a wine of uncompromising power and style.'
96 Points - James Halliday

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$263.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Margaret River
2014
750ml
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$263.94
Margaret River
2014
750ml
THE BRIEF
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • The Hay Shed Hill Block Series wines represent the best of the best from this outstanding vineyard. Small parcels of fruit from individual blocks on the Hay Shed Hill vineyard have been identified as producing world-class wine. With hand-crafted care in the winery, these wines are a fine interpretation of an outstanding vineyard. The Block Series wines showcase the best of the Hay Shed Hill vineyard.

    BLOCK 2 on the Hay Shed Hill vineyard was planted in the early 1970’s to the Houghton clone of Cabernet Sauvignon. These old dry grown vines have sunk deep roots into the gravelly loam soil profile providing the nutrient basis they need. Block 2 has a steep northern facing aspect maximizing the sunlight interception by the vines providing ideal ripening conditions.

  • The grapes from Block 2 were de-stemmed into open topped vessels for fermentation on skins with traditional pump over cap management. At the completion of fermentation the wine was left on skins for a further 10 days to maximize the development of the mature tannin. Maturation in French oak barriques for 18 months added further complexity and structure without dominating the fruit. The wine was matured in bottle for six months prior to release.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    The 2014 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense blood red with a dark centre. The wine displays ripe berry aromas of great intensity with underlying dusty and earthy characters typical of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. There is depth to the nose indicating there are reserves of complex aromas yet to develop and be exhibited in the wine. The palate is substantial – this is a big wine by Western Australian standards with intense and fully ripe, fleshy sweet fruit filling the mid palate with great palate extension driven by the ripe and mature tannin. The mouthfeel is robust but the tannins are smooth.

  • The Hay Shed Hill vineyard is situated on a picturesque property that was established as a group settlement farm for returned soldiers from the First World War. Known as Sussex Vale the property was originally a dairy farm. The current homestead, considerably renovated, still has much of the original Group Settlement look and feel. Vines were first planted in the early 1970s. In the late 1980s the vineyard was bought by the Morrison Family and the wine brand Hay Shed Hill was established taking its name from the local reference to the hay shed located on the property. The sister label, Pitchfork, was developed to complement the single vineyard Hay Shed Hill label. A series of ownership changes saw numerous alterations to labels, wine style and distribution until the current group of partners bought back the farm and the brand in late 2006 and returned to the original concept of producing wine with integrity that expresses the quality of the site.

  • 96 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Lays it all out there from the first sip - a wine of uncompromising power and style, owing as much to the viticulturist as the winemaker (if there are indeed two). It does, however, do something unusual, with juicy cassis fruit becoming more obvious on continued retastings, tannins less so - normally it's vice versa.

    92 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    In addition to black pepper and boysneberries, the nose here also shows delightful vanilla, bay leaf, oyster shell and Thai basil. Medium body, bright acidity and a crunchy finish with some depth and definition.