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2014 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Merlot

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The Hay Shed Hill story is nothing if not a good one, with the winery recently returning to family hands via a takeover from renowned Margaret River winemaker Michael Kerrigan. The wines have continued to look good every year since.

In this instance the operation has pumped out a rather delicious, rather classic Margaret River red blend in a style that shows power and grace. An aristocratic wine even, which is bloody marvellous considering the price-point. Yes! Yes!

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Deep crimson red of good intensity and vibrant hue

Nose: Intense berry fruits, cassis and chocolate mint characters notes with background cedar like oak

Palate: Medium bodied, this wines shows a vibrant and lively fruit driven palate with a fleshy middle and soft mature ripe tannin

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 80% Merlot 20%

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
This is what medium-weight red wine drinking is all about. It has fruit, it has flow, it has tannin and acid and yet it never threatens to become caught up in itself. For now or for the medium term cellar, it has the bases covered.
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple hue; the bouquet is enticing and the palate continues the theme with juicy cassis and redcurrant fruit, 12 months in French oak judged to perfection, contributing tol both texture and flavour. Great value 14% alc.
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says

A succulent and deeply-flavoured Margaret River cabernet merlot is difficult to find at this bargain price. It’s juicy and raring to go, with soft, fine tannins sitting under layers of black- and redcurrants, violet perfume and notes of mint. 

2012 - 2015
Wine Taste Weekly
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the fragrant red berry bouquet introduces an elegant medium-bodied wine, with structure courtesy of superfine tannins supplemented by French oak and fresh acidity. As good tomorrow as it will be in 10 years.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Intrigued by MR but could never justify the price? Now you can! Another epic MR season piles more fruit concentration and structure than ever into this measly price point. Beautiful precision of violets and blackcurrants, with serious tannins.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
The nose of this wine pins it right in the Margaret River region, with mint and mixed leaves, some herbal notes and plenty of cassis and cherry fruit; the oak is neat and cedary. On the palate, there's a swathe of ripe fruit, with mellow, flowing, ripe tannins, flesh and a spike of acid poking through. Drink young.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A highly polished bouquet of redcurrant, blackcurrant and a touch of cedar; medium-bodied with plenty of flesh, fine-grained tannins and satisfyingly persistent flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A bargain Margaret River quaffer with the structure to develop for the medium term. An elegant and honed style with an attractive profile of blackcurrant fruit, dark chocolate and mint.
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Terrific value. With a very approachable style about it, this is certainly in the regional vein: sweet leaves, tobacco, juniper cassis and more. The palate's shaped with fine and easy tannins, pretty ripe and flowing, purple fruits and neta balance. Drink young.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; an ultra-savoury, earthy varietal style, and requires a certain amount of vino-masochism
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Strong colour; powerful black fruits; still all arms and legs; leave for 3 years to settle down.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Ray Jordan (2001 Vintage) says
Imagine sitting under a big gum or peppermint tree. You'll et some idea of this wine. The aroma has a strong mintiness with faint hints of lavender. The palate has a fine elegant structure with fruit that is beautifully focused and precise. The tannin structure is quite fine and the oak still reasonably tight. IT comes together neatly. A quality wine for short-term cellaring
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004

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