2015 Hay Shed Hill Shiraz Tempranillo
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The Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series showcase the character of the fruit grown on this classic vineyard site with distinctive and expressive wines. Old Vines Modern Wines.
Old world savoury Tempranillo meets new world vibrant fleshy flavoursome Shiraz in this new interpretation of a classic Australian wine style.
Vintage: It has been a carefree run for winemakers in Margaret River over the last eight seasons with perfect season following one after another, and then 2015 came along and took us out of our comfort zone.
In the late part of 2014, in October particularly, we experienced some of the wildest windiest weather for decades, resulting in one of the worst flowerings on record with windy and wet conditions seriously compromising fruit set with the result that the yields of 2015 were the lowest that I have experienced in 23 years of growing grapes in the South West. Ouch.
The season itself was quite warm in the early part, and very dry. We had a break between white and red varieties as the summer stuttered with some cooler weather giving an extended ripening period for red varieties resulting in well coloured and beautifully ripe grapes. The 2015 red wines are wonderfully well balanced medium-bodied, even elegantly structured that may prove to be some of the wines of the decade. Albeit in worryingly small quantities.
Winemaking: Both Shiraz and Tempranillo were de-stemmed and fermented separately in open vessels with extensive pump over cap management to aid colour and flavour extraction as well as optimise the tannin development. The wines were pressed off skins and matured in French oak barriques, approximately one third new oak with the balance one and two year old. After 15 months in barrel the wines were blended according to taste.
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 licorice 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%
expert reviews about
2015 Hay Shed Hill Shiraz Tempranillo
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 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
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 2020Wine Companion
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 2018Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
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.2012-2017Wine Taste - Edition 59
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 2020Australian Wine Companion 2013
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.www.thewinefront.com, 2011 2011
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
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
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
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.
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
An unusual blend, and an unusual wine, with some juicy red fruits interspersed with firm tannins; not yet coherent in its statementAustralian Wine Companion 2010 2009
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
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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