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2014 Hay Shed Hill Shiraz Tempranillo

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A blend of Shiraz (very Australian) and Tempranillo (very Spanish), this medium bodied, savoury red is a lovely escape from the more punchy rich styles that Australia is probably better known for. The good thing about such escapes from sweeter styles is that they drink much better with food. Think chorizo in particular.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Vibrant red/black colour with a deep opaque centre

Nose: The nose displays a complex blend of violets and spicy black pepper notes of the Shiraz with the more savoury liquorice aromas from the Tempranillo

Palate: Shiraz and Tempranillo are wonderful partners; two old varieties coming together to make a new vibrant blend. The Shiraz brings all the Australian fruit power, deep plum flavours with a peppery edge in a fleshy fruit sweet palate. The Tempranillo adds savoury elements and complex tannin structure to the wine resulting in a more complete wine than either of the two components could make on their own. This wine has all the sweet fleshiness that we expect in Shiraz with the added benefit of textural complexity

Variety: Shiraz 86% Tempranillo 14%

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 Hay Shed Hill Shiraz Tempranillo

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
As soon as you open it you know you're onto something good. It's chocolatey and red/black berried and while not at all heavy, it still manages to fill all corners of your mouth with flavour. It feels and tastes good, and finishes well.
The Wine Front (2014 Vintage) says
The Tempranillo is only a bit player, though it seems to make its presence known. Sweet berry fruit, nougat oak, some black pepper and perfumed dried herbs. Medium bodied, glossy silky feel, some cola sweetness, gentle bitterness like chicory comes through on the finish, as does a clip of well rounded tannin. Cuddly sort of wine, with a bit of an edge.
2016 - 2018
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Shiraz (86%) and tempranillo (14%) destemmed and fermented separately, matured for 15 months in French barriques (33% new). Attractive light to medium-bodied spicy/savoury black cherry (and a little sour cherry) flavours well supported by fine tannins; mouthwatering finish.
By 2020
Wine Companion
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; the percentage contribution of the two varieties is not specified, but shiraz is the flavour and structure leader of the band; that said, the array of red and black cherry fruit has been given complexity by the tempranillo. A wholly successful blend at an enticing price.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This adorable blend captures the savoury complexity of Margaret River in its layers of pepper and mixed spice, while rippling with the succulence of black plum and black cherry fruit. Mike Kerrigan’s talent is on show in fine-grained, textural tannins and fantastic persistence. A delicious wine that would keep for the medium-term if it weren’t so tantalising right now.
Wine Taste - Edition 59
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong, bright crimson; the percentage of tempranillo is not specified, but its contribution is obvious enough, especially on the tangy finish of the wine; it has bright cherry fruit, attractive French oak inputs, and excellent tannins.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
Easy wine to like with attractive French oak notes adding polish. Cedar and sour cherry and chalky/minerally tannin. Dry licorice and game through the aftertaste. Builds fruit sweetness and volume given time to breathe. You have to like a bit of sourness and savouriness – and tannin – to dig this, but it’s a wine that really grew on me over the course of a glass or two., 2011 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A canny approach in blending terms, and further evidence that tempranillo has a handy toehold in the west. Good colour and a deep, spiced dark-berry and cherry fragrance; some plums here too. The palate's even and balanced, with juicy tannin/acid interplay and a supple and quite long finish.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Fragrant and perfumed, with a spicy edge to the bouquet; medium-bodied with a fleshy mid-palate and abundant red fruits marrying seamlessly with a touch of a roasted meat savoury character; fine and fresh on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Clever use of Tempranillo to add spice and complexity to cool WA Shiraz. Black pepper, plum and rhubarb fruit is supported by a fine web of grippy tannins. Lifted and spicy, this is an unashamedly elegant style.
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Far more approachable than the 2007 release was at the same age. We're taking this as a good sign. This is an attractive mix of sweetness and sourness, smoothness and robust grippiness. It tastes of cherries, tobacco, liquorice and various wild, Australian bush-tucker spices. Juicy finish. Lovely fresh tarriness to the aftertaste. A lovely wine, in its own style.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
An unusual blend, and an unusual wine, with some juicy red fruits interspersed with firm tannins; not yet coherent in its statement
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
It's not all that enjoyable now, but in a year or two it should drink very well. It's full of strong, robust tannin and carries a thick ooze of dark, sweet-sour flavour. It tastes of boot polish and kirsch, dried herbs and sour cherries, a fair whack of eucalypt ringing throughout. This won't be for everyone, but there is a fair amount of quality here.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A clean, fresh and fragrant bouquet leads into a light-bodied, lively palate with predominantly red fruits, and an echo of citrus from the tempranillo; drink any time, anywhere.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008

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