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2014 Pitchfork Shiraz

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Do you want wines with substance that won’t break the bank? Then here’s another gem from the Margaret River that the Cracka team sniffed out, thanks to our uncanny ability to spot a bargain that reeks of regional brilliance.

It’s been made by the winemaking talent behind the Hay Shed Hill winery; a collective of winegrowers and makers who united together to make wines that are regionally specific. A terrific example of a Margaret River Shiraz, it’s ripe and generously fruited and wants to be drunk young alongside some gourmet sausages.

Winemaker's Notes

Vintage: Margaret River has experienced an unprecedented sequence of outstanding vintages – all with their own twists and turns but all of the highest quality. 2014 will prove to be another highlight in this run, but with a profound difference that may not be realised for several years. The 2014 vintage commenced in a very similar vein to the last three vintages with hot and dry conditions in January and February. In contrast, however to recent vintages the season cooled considerably in March leading to a long and extended ripening for the red varieties. In fact the harvest of Cabernet at Hay Shed Hill was two to three weeks later than the previous four vintages with warm days, cool nights and a total absence of rainfall providing a slow and steady ripening rather than a rapid accumulation of sugar and allowing all the colour and flavour components to develop.

Winemaking: Shiraz from selected premium Margaret River vineyards were used to make this wine. Fermented in open stainless steel tanks with twice daily pump-overs aiding fruit tannin development. Maturation in new, 1, 2 and 3 year old French oak for 12 months encouraged wine development and structural complexity. The objective was to produce an elegant Shiraz with complex aromas and characters and with texture and structure, the use of French oak instead of traditional American oak gives rise to a wine of greater sophistication.

Colour: Vibrant youthful brilliant hue of good depth.

Nose: Ripe cherry and plum fruits with chocolaty influences.

Palate: The palate displays good depth of fruit concentration, ripe sweet fruit fleshiness in the mid palate and good flavour extension.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

expert reviews about

2014 Pitchfork Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
This is better than the asking price would suggest. It’s straight into no-brainer territory. It’s awash with black cherry and blackberry, is accented with cloves, and has a gum leafy note that adds lift without being distracting. The finish has just enough tannin to make it feel real and serious; the fruit though just makes you want to drink more.
2016 - 2020
Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
Attractive bouquet, showing sweet spice, bright red fruit, and an aromatic, almost floral lift. Just medium-bodied, the palate has a buoyant feel, the flavours not so deep, but juicy, fresh and lively. Gently persistent astringency gives shape and length to the finish, and the aftertaste of tangy red fruit lingers pleasantly.
Drink by 2019
James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Fermented in open stainless steel tanks with daily pump overs, matured in new and used French oak for 12 months. The bright crimson hue signals a fresh, juicy/spicy red fruit shiraz, and a gently savoury finish. Raring to go.
By 2018
Wine Companion
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Mid crimson; bright fresh red and blueberry, spice and charry oaky bouquet; the medium-bodied palate is rugged and full of wild thyme and fresh acidity; enjoy this in the full flush of youth for maximum enjoyment.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This is just the sort of vibrant and juicy youthful wine the market is turning towards, with attractive red plum and spice on the nose, gentle oak influence and youthful enthusiasm that's infectious. The palate's easygoing and elegant, with smooth flesh building through the middle palate. Nicely balanced, very drinkable stuff.
The Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Aromas of violets and cherry blossom on the bouquet lead into a vibrant, fresh palate with cherry and plum fruit leading the way. Excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Big wine but has elegance. Ripe and peppery on the nose, with sweet berry fruit flavours.
Winestate 20082009
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Smells like leather and evolving nicely. Complex and developed palate with nice dusty tannins.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Plenty of flavour and action at this price point, with red and black plum and cherry fruit plus savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008

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