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2016 Hay Shed Hill Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

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    RRP $22.99 per bottle

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    $113.94 (6 x 750ml)

    cracka review

    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.

    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
    Ray Jordan (2016 Vintage) says
    Fresh, crunchy and a little palate texture completes the perfect summer drink at value for money. Lots of vibrant tropical fruit with a little citrus tang driving to a long finish. Nails the fresh young drinking style to the letter.
    Summer Wine Guide | The Best Wine - $20 price range
    93
    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
    Ray Jordan (2011 Vintage) says
    Bursts out of the blocks with a crunchy lively fresh tropical character. Lots of herbs and gooseberry with a generous splash of lime juice. Passionfruit sweetness on the palate contributes to its bright fresh lines. So good as a current drink.
    The West Australian Wine Guide
    90
    James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
    To 2013
    Australian Wine Companion 2013
    93
    Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
    A cleverly made Margaret River dry white blend that delivers plenty of ripe citrus fruits, lemon and lime, some tropical nuances and a gently grassy, wilder edge to good effect. The palate has juicy and crunchy lemon and passionfruit flavour, neat balance and fresh throughout.
    Now
    Good Wine Guide
    91
    James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
    Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
    93
    Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
    Superbly fresh lemon-balm and lemongrass nose here: bright and lively, with hints of herbal and tropical fruit in behind. The palate’s bright, dry and zesty; finishes with lip-smacking lemon flavour.
    Good Wine Guide, 2011 2011
    92
    James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
    Quite a pristine bouquet, blending a touch of the tropical, nettle and a little citrus; the palate is fresh and focused, with plenty of flavour and good line to conclude.
    Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
    91
    Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
    An attractive lemongrassy sauvignon semillon that has brightness and strong regional herbal notes amid flinty citrus fruit. The palate heads into sweeter lemongrass territory and some more exotic gooseberry flavours appear here too. Nicely balanced and fresh to the very last sip.
    The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
    90
    James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
    Lively citrus/lemon aromas lead into a crisp, tightly structured palate with good acidity and freshness to the long finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
    91
    Ray Jordan (2008 Vintage) says
    Made into a lighter, fresher style and all the better for it. Retains its lively herbal and gooseberry aromas with those tart slashes of lime juice lifting the finish. Lovely current drinking wine.
    Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide 2010
    88
    James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
    A whisper of reduction, with sauvignon blanc driving both the bouquet and palate; good mid-palate tropical fruit, but a slightly broken line on the finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
    88
    Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
    The regular estate-level wine from Hay Shed is a straight-shooting sauvignon blanc semillon with plenty of bright tropical fruit aromas, lemon oil and herbs. The palate is super fresh, filled with passionfruit and fresh lemon flavours, finishing clean, soft and beautifully balanced.
    Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
    90
    James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
    High-toned wild herb and grass aromas; very good length, focus and intensity, particularly on the lingering finish and aftertaste.
    Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
    92
    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
    James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
    Light green-yellow; quite complex, with some smoky nuances from the French oak; the wine has good mouthfeel and flavour, mixing lemon with a touch of tropical fruit, then a faintly sweet finish.
    Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
    87

    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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