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2013 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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It's hard to deny the appeal of this wine - it just ticks every box. Serious, full-bodied Cabernet from a good vintage and a producer on the make. It all adds up to a stunning red, with structure, length and style to burn.

Winemaker's Notes

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 2 on the Hay Shed Hill vineyard was planted in 1975 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 maximising the sunlight interception by the vines providing ideal ripening conditions.

Winemaking: 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 maximise 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.

Tasting Notes: The 2013 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.

Cellaring: This is a strong wine with ripe tannin and strong fruit depth indicating it will benefit from careful cellaring. The expectation is that the wine would benefit from 10 years maturation.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2013 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; a richly textured and structured wine still in the early phase of its life, primary, lush cassis at its heart. The oak is yet to fully integrate, but will do so given time.
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