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2016 Hay Shed Hill Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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Here’s a white blend that will unify the masses at your next al fresco barbecue or picnic. It’s just what you expect from a Margaret River white blend with lots of lovely upfront tropical notes and bursting with citrus and cut grass aromas. It’s fresh and firm with zippy, crunchy acids and mouth-watering length.

Winemaker's Notes

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.
The Hay Shed Hill Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is a bright vibrant fresh wine full of the lively clean tropical flavours typical of this classic Margaret River blend.

Vintage: What a sweet vintage for Margaret River grape growers.
Following a good winter was a mild and calm spring with generally good weather during the crucial flowering period, that is the stage at which the flowers are fertilised and begin to form individual grape berries. This stage can often be quite wild and stormy leading to significant loss of fruit. The beginning of summer was mild, almost perfect growing conditions. There was a small rain event in January which may have caused consternation had it continued but it was mercifully brief leading to several months of virtually rain free weather. Chardonnay was harvested in early February, followed by Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon later in the month and into early March. Pristine fruit with fresh flavours and good acidity.
Another great vintage for Margaret River.

Winemaking: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes from the Hay Shed Hill vineyard were used in making this wine. Only free run juice was used, this component of the juice is the highest in quality with the most intense fruit expression and the lowest in undesirable phenolic skin characters. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at low temperature without the use of oak preserved and highlighted the finer fruit characters of these aromatic varieties.

Colour: The wine displays fresh green tinges to a very pale straw colour.

Nose: Typical cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon aromas of lively tropical fruits and fresh herbaceous grassy characters make up an intense bouquet.

Palate: The palate is fresh and lively with classic Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon characters and a fine structure that are an indication both of the quality of the vintage and of the use of only free-run juice.

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc 58%, Semillon 42%

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2016 Hay Shed Hill Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
Pretty close to a perfect example of Margaret River SBS. All of the work has been done in the vineyard, the winery a hands-off zone as varietal fruit, not oak, has shaped the wine. Some grassy/pea pod aromas quickly yield to the even flow of passionfruit, pineapple and guava on the supple palate.
Drink by 2018
95
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Estate-grown, the vines fully mature. An elegant wine, the aromas and flavours largly in the snow pea, grass and citrus spectrum, the semillon an important partner (though its percentage is not specified).
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2013
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Spotlessly clean; very attractive mix of grass, herb and sweet tropical/passionfruit flavours; fresh acidity to close.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94

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