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.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Block 1 was planted in the early ‘70s on a high ridge overlooking the Wilyabrup Valley. Has developed full straw-green colour, reflecting the low yields and subtle use of oak. The impact on the mouth is substantial, the wine likely to become even more complex in the manner of many SSBs.
TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW
A composed yet powerful semillon sauvignon blanc blend, with a lemony profile and subtle accents of fine oak. It is rather quiet right now, though I expect it to grow and transform with time in the bottle. One to tuck away in the cellar for a few years
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Light to medum yellow colour, the bouquet and colour both pointing to an oak-aged component. It has smoky, mineral, dried flowers and toasted nut aromas, the herbal notes of the regional fruit are pushed back into second place. The wine is delicate, dry and savoury on the tongue, with bright acidity, a slight grip, lots of lemon, and some structure. A good food wine.