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2014 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

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Some partnerships just seem to work, like Torvill and Dean or Starsky and Hutch, Margaret River and Cabernet prove to be a special marriage of region and variety. This Cabernet jumps out of the glass with varietal aromas of cassis, chocolate and mint with hints of cedar. The palate delivers black fruit intensity, fleshy sweet fruit and a tantalising texture. It won a gold medal at the International wine challenge so you can take our word for it when we say this is a treat of a wine.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Dense dark red to black colour of great intensity

Nose: An intense and rich bouquet led by the ripest cassis and berry fruits, rich and opulent but brooding in its youth. Behind the primary fruits are distinctive vineyard characteristics of dark chocolate and mint. The oak is background cedar which will recede further as the fruits emerge with some bottle age

Palate: This vineyard consistently produces intense fleshy and full mid palate Cabernet with massive fruit weight with dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours. At the time of writing the wine is very youthful and tight but it still has ample fruit sweetness that will only become more accessible as the wine matures in bottle. This is a big full wine with ample flavour and concentration in the classic Margaret River tradition

Alc/vol: 14%

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2014 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Wines like this can certainly be cellared but you're always left to wonder: why wait? Balance, flavour and texture are in such good form now that there's no good reason to deny yourself.
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
An 86/10/4% blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc, standard Hay Shed Hill vinification, then French oak for 13 months. All about complexity, built in part on the fruit blend, part the tannin structure, part oak, and part the terroir. A quintessential Margaret River style; there are even better examples, but you have to pay three or four times as much to get one.
By 2028
Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
There is intensity and magnitude to this vintage of Hay Shed Hill's single vineyard Wilyabrup cabernet, yet at every moment maintaining focus and control. Layers of blackcurrant, redcurrant and cassis fruit are intricately framed in firm, fine tannins of impeccable balance. It finished very long and enticing, presenting a grandeur well beyond it's price.
Wine Business Magazine
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Estate-grown, open-fermented and matured in French oak for 18 months. �12 was a great vintage in the Margaret River, producing many exemplary cabernets, combining elegance with intense varietal fruit. Here cassis floods the senses, so much so it is easy to forget the fine, ripe tannins and French oak lined up in silent support.
Wine Companion
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The strong purple-crimson colour and rich, cassis-laden bouquet are followed by a deeply flavoured, medium-to full-bodied palate, fruit dominant, but with noticeable tannins and good-quality oak.
To 2031
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; estate-grown, open-fermented, and 18 months in French oak are the bones; the flesh is beautifully juicy and succulent red berry fruits finishing with fine tannins.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Followers of gun winemaker Michael Kerrigan - who made a string of outstanding wines at Howard Park - will be pleased to know that his fine form continues at Hay Shed Hill. It has all the Kerrigan calling cards: ambitious tannin, long flavour, a touch of class and what seems, as you drink it, to be a glowing endorsement of the cabernet variety itself. It tastes of gravel, dust, blackcurrant and cedary oak, the flavours bright and certain.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009

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