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Hay Shed Hill Block 8 Cabernet Franc

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Cab franc is one of those highly underrated varieties that is more commonly seen in a cab sav blend rather than by itself, but it is a grape of merit. This one is a medium-bodied style that shows fragrant smells of blueberries, blackcurrants, crushed leaves and violets on the nose, whilst the palate is elegant and well-structured, with choc-mint flavours, fine-grained tannins, and a long, talcy finish. This is an outright food wine that will go with anything from pork belly to Wagyu beef.

Winemaker's Notes

Cabernet Franc is an indivisible part of great Cabernet blends with several attributes that neither Cabernet Sauvignon nor Merlot can provide - great aromatic intensity of berry fruits, greater early intensity and, in special cases, tannin complexity. Hay Shed Hill has been renowned for its straight varietal Cab Franc for more than a decade. The climate, soil, aspect and individual eccentricities of the vineyard has consistently produced Cab Franc of a quality not equalled in my 20 years of making wine in Western Australia - winemaker Mike Kerrigan.

Appearance: Medium intensity, bright crimson red.

Nose: Intense lifted berry fruits in the raspberry spectrum with chocolate and mocha hints. Some complex cedary notes from quality French oak are noted.

Palate: Only medium-bodied compared to its cousins, this wine surprises with its depth of fruit intensity and tannin complexity, showing great mid-palate fruit sweetness and impressive textural palate extension. This is a very fine wine and outstanding example of a classic red wine variety.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Winemaking: The Cabernet Franc from Block 8 was fermented in open-top vessels with twice-daily pumpovers for extraction of colour and flavour. The resultant wine was matured for 18 months in French oak barriques prior to bottling.

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Hay Shed Hill Block 8 Cabernet Franc

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James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2013
89
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
A 50:50 blend of Margaret River and Great Southern cabernet. There are two great cabernet regions even though the Great Southern is somewhat underrated. There’s power and smooth effortless grace all working together. The tannins are ripe and supple while the oak beautifully worked. The fruit intensity is superb. Classic cabernet with beautiful perfume and great structure
WA Wine Guide 2013
96
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
The latest instalment in Kerrigan and Berry's illustrious careers in the west is a blend of their two stomping grounds, Margaret River and Great Southern. Powerful, concentrated firm and robust, fruit and oak need seven years to settle their tussle.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Roughly two-thirds Mount Barker, this has a cool and reserved style about it - very polished and faultlessly ripe. Aromas of dark berries, some plums and dried leaves, sweet earth and spicy oak. The palate's rolled out on fine, dense tannins and has seamless travel, finishing fresh and lithe. A welcome addition to the WA red wine offering.
2015
The Good Wine Guide

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