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2014 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot

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Cracka Review

A second label for reinvigorated Margaret River winery Hayshed Hill, this looks very bit the Margaret River Cabernet Merlot, needing just a little more penetration and power to really push on through into the 'serious wine' territory. Much to like.

Winemaker's Notes

Colour: Vibrant youthful red hues of good depth

Nose: Ripe berry fruits with chocolate mint characters typical of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Palate: Good concentration of ripe sweet berry fruits with impressive mid palate fleshiness. Soft round palate profile with ripe tannin at finish

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 75% Merlot 25%

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2014 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
It’s a tough call to find authentic Margaret River cabernet as well assembled as this under $20. No corners have been cut here, matured in small, mostly mature French oak barrels, not in tanks with staves or chips. The focus rightly remains of lovely fragrant, deep and well-defined fruit reminiscent of violets, black currants and tomatoes. Finely structured tannins support a tangy berry fruits finish.
2013-2016
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Strong colour; the luscious array of red and black berry fruits on the bouquet and palate are an impressive opening stanza; the palate has considerable structure, deriving from maturation in oak barrels (no staves, no chips) closing with ripe, balanced tannins. Exceptional value.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright colour; fragrant red fruit bouquet with an herbaceous rolled leaf and cedar note; the palate is lively and accessible, with plenty of stuffing providing a classic Margaret River ride; outstanding value for such quality.
2018
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Flush with predominantly redcurrant/red cherry fruits, which show this blend doesn't have to be painfully earthy or savoury; supple mouthfeel adds to the appeal. Great value
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92

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