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2014 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

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    RRP $29.99 per bottle

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    $149.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    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.

    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.
    94
    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
    95
    Mike Bennie (2012 Vintage) says
    Feels classier than expected. Everything is just-so, the fruit is weighty, mocha-tinged, chewy with tannins and fresh in dark berry fruit. Bouquet offers eucalyptus, mint, bayleaf and squishy black plums. It grows on you how well meshed this is. Impressive release.
    Wine Business Magazine
    92
    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
    95
    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
    96
    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
    94
    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
    96
    Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
    Another terrific quality cabernet from this label. This is a classy cabernet from these old Margaret River vines. Has a leafy almost minty aroma with traces of cedar and tobacco. A complex finely structured palate with typical cabernet spine and strength through the middle palate. Has the potential to improve with further bottle ageing.
    8 years
    WA Wine Guide 2013
    91
    Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
    Bargain Margaret River! Now there's a line you don't hear often! Definition, concentration, restraint, gravelly texture, crunchy acidity, cool red fruits and rose perfume. It's got a decade in it, too!
    WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
    93
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    Crimson-purple; an exemplary Margaret River cabernet, awash with delicious cassis and blackcurrant fruit from the word go; fine, ripe, slightly savoury tannins and French oak complete a truly lovely wine.
    2030
    Australian Wine Companion 2012
    94
    Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
    Distinctive cool mint nose with other leafy dried herb characters. It's classically cabernet with a more linear structure of firmish tannins and fine grained oak. The palate is controlled and tightly focussed. It's been built with medium term cellaring in mind.
    The West Australian Wine Guide
    89
    Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
    A very stylish cabernet sauvignon that offers aromas of ripe cherries and cassis; some leafy notes and roasting herbs too. The palate carries impressive flavour and shape, and really ripe cherry and berry fruits; sturdy, ripe, smooth tannins run long. Approachable and fleshy - terrific value.
    2013
    The Good Wine Guide
    93
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    91
    Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
    Has a distinctive minty varietal character on the nose which merges into the red brambly berry aromas. The palate has a rustic earthiness with dark berry flavours. Ripe firmish tannins support which is an excellent wine. Excellent balance and poise.
    Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
    88
    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 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's a juicier, less tannic wine than the excellent 2007 release, though the quality is still very high. You would never mistake it for anything other than cabernet either. It tastes dusty and leafy and gravelly - and of crushed gumleaves - with pure, silken, blackcurrant-like flavour oozing from go to whoa. Balance and length too. Very fine wine.
    The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
    93
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    Classic Margaret River cabernet; abundant blackcurrant fruit and firm tannins give structure and balance; 18 months in French oak
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    94
    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
    94
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    Delicious redcurrant/cassis/black-currant fruit on a medium-bodied palate, with balanced tannins running through the long finish, the oak restrained.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    92
    Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
    This is terrific cabernet: fine bright fragrant fruits married with musky wood, floral red berries and light spices, some gravelly regional notes below. Tannins are thick and chewy, runs on a spine of fine tannin and bright acidity, giving classic, elegant cabernet shape. Plenty of oak and a big tannin kick through the finish; savoury cassis aftertaste.
    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    94
    Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
    Captivating floral aromas of dusty cedary oak with beautiful fragrances of red berry and light mint. Stylish palate conceals a strong core of sinewy tannins and some quality oak. Very impressive wine.
    Ray Jordan's 2009 WA Wine Guide 2009
    93
    James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
    Medium red-purple; attractive cedary/spicy edges to the blackberry fruit of the bouquet lead into a well-balanced and structured palate in an elegant, medium-bodied frame. Blackcurrant fruit combines with super-fine tannins on the finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    92
    James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
    Medium to full red-purple; there is quite sweet and powerful dark berry fruit on the bouquet, followed logically by a powerful palate, with dark cassis varietal fruit, plenty of concentration, and fine, persistent tannins on the finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
    90

    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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