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2016 Hay Shed Hill Block 1 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Hay Shed Hill

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Our Price: $23.99 / bottle (RRP: $32.00) Case: 6 x 750ml

'The take-home message for me was the consistency of the quality and style of the wines and, above all else, their longevity.'
97 Points - James Halliday

  • Hay Shed Hill is one of a small and prestigious group of pioneer vineyards that have established Margaret River’s reputation as a world-class wine producing region. Located in the heart of the Willyabrup Valley, the premier sub-region of Margaret River, the Hay Shed Hill Block Series wines are made from small parcels of fruit from individual blocks on the vineyard to showcase the best of Hay Shed Hill.

    Block 1 consists of some of the oldest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Margaret River. On a steep gravelly slope these old dry-grown vines produce a very small crop of bright and varietally expressive Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with a depth of flavour and intensity rarely seen in these varieties.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Only the best ‘free run’ component of the juice was used resulting in the finest and brightest fruit expression with the least amount of phenolic impact. The juice was fermented in French oak barrels, no new oak was used so as to ensure that oak flavours and aromas were not dominant characters in the wine. The wine was matured in barrel for 8 months before clarification and bottling.

    TASTING NOTES

    Colour - Pale straw colour with fresh green tinges.

    Nose - The bouquet is fresh and clean with classic grassy elements typical of this region but with a lemony minerality distinctive to this block. The nose is more complex than most SSB blends with an underlying toasty nuance.

    Palate - The palate is bright and fresh with vibrant citric, gooseberry and lychee-like flavours, all at a level of intensity greater than expected. The oak is almost impossible to detect other than it adds a textural dimension to what is normally a simple fresh and lively wine style. The 2015 Block 1 SSB has an amazing palate extension with the flavour lingering to a clean ultra dry finish.

    Variety - Semillon 65%, Sauvignon Blanc 35%.

    Alc/vol - 12.0%

  • REVIEWS

    'Pale straw-green; has more intensity and citrussy acidity than the '15 at this stage, the latter busy morphing from a newborn to adolescent. The '16 is a superb young Block 1 with greatness now, or in five years time. 12% alc'
    97 Points - James Halliday (Weekend Australian, October 2017 Published Above)

    "The take-home message for me was the consistency of the quality and style of the wines and, above all else, their longevity.  They are all 15-year propositions, progressively gaining complexity and mouthfeel.  But if you want to enjoy the wine tonight, go for it." James Halliday



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