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Block Series

Block Series range:
'Block 1' Semillon Sauvignon Blanc,
'Block 6' Chardonnay,
'Block 2' Cabernet Sauvignon,
'Block 8' Cabernet Franc and
'Block 10' Petit Verdot.

Hay Shed Hill is one of the pioneer vineyards in Margaret River, planted in the early 1970's with the grape varieties that have made Margaret River a world renowned winemaking region; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The Hay Shed Hill vineyard is an outstanding site combining fully mature vines, great soil and mild weather to produce some of the best fruit from the region.

The Hay Shed Hill 'Block Series' wines are made from single parcels of fruit from designated blocks selected as the best grapes on the property. With hand-crafted care in the winery, these wines are a fine interpretation of an outstanding site. These wines showcase the best of the vineyard.

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World Series

The Hay Shed Hill World Series of wines highlights less well known varieties. Varieties from the old world finding a new expression of character in the new world.

The Hay Shed Hill vineyard lies in the heart of the acclaimed Willyabrup triangle in the Margaret River wine region. Hay Shed Hill is a classic site first planted in 1975 during the pioneer days of the local wine industry. Planted with the varieties that have established the reputation of Margaret River as a world class wine producing area the Hay Shed Hill vineyard produces low yields of outstanding fruit from fully mature vines, combined with world best practice winemaking to produce flavoursome wines of great depth that reflect the character and essence of this wonderful site.

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Vineyard Series

Hay Shed Hill is one of the pioneer vineyards in Margaret River, planted in the early 1970's with the grape varieties that have made Margaret River a world renowned winemaking region; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The Hay Shed Hill vineyard is an outstanding site combining fully mature vines, great soil and mild weather to produce some of the best fruit from the region.

Pitchfork

Hay Shed Hill's sister label, Pitchfork, was developed to complement the single Vineyard Series Hay Shed Hill label. Made from 100% Margaret River fruit the Pitchfork wines are clean and bright, expressing the quality of the fruit with no trickery or fancy embellishment. Wines to be enjoyed everday.

Tools found in the old hay shed from the dairy days (a local landmark) provided the inspiration for the Pitchfork Wines.

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K + B

KERRIGAN + BERRY is a united venture between two good friends; Hay Shed Hill winemaker, Michael KERRIGAN and West Cape Howe winemaker, Gavin BERRY.

These wines have been in the making for decades. These wines represent the pinnacle of two careers spent crafting wine from some of the most respected vineyards of Western Australia. The KERRIGAN + BERRY wines are made from the highest quality grapes selected from the finest vineyards; Our interpretation of the best of Western Australia.

Kerrigan and Berry have been making Western Australian wine for a combined forty something years, and have been most closely associated with the two varieties that in their opinion define Western Australia; Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon.

"In deciding to make these KERRIGAN + BERRY wines, Gavin and I spent a total of zero hours on marketing research; no consultants have been injured in the making of these wines. We did however spend a good deal of time tasting Riesling and Cabernet wines, an arduous and heroic task. We also spent a great deal of time in selecting the vineyards to give us the best grapes to make the best wine. We just wanted to make wines that we love, wines that we want to drink, and wines that we believe reflect the absolute pinnacle of these two great varieties from some of the finest Western Australian vineyards. We are both immensely proud to stand behind these wines. " Michael KERRIGAN

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Hay Shed Hill Cellar

Our Range:
Hay Shed Hill Block Series
Hay Shed Hill White Label
Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series
Pitchfork
Kerrigan + Berry

Orders must be placed in dozens (DZ.).
A dozen = 12 bottles of a single variety, or a mix of various varieties.

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Pitchfork

Chardonnay - Member Special

2016

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Chardonnay - Member Special

2016

Tasting Notes

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.
The growing season really starts in September/October of the year before.
In the late part of 2014, in October particularly, we experienced some of the wildest windiest weather for decades, unfortunately just when a number of grape varieties were flowering, and it is these flowers that when set become berries. The spring of 2014 was 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. Easy conditions that produced very excellent quality white grapes but in quantities well below expectations.

WINEMAKING: The wine is unwooded, with fermentation occurring in stainless steel tanks and then bottled at an early age. A low temperature, protective regime was adopted during its production, thereby preserving the finer fruit characters.

COLOUR: Brilliant appearance, pale straw with green hues.

NOSE: Fermentation in stainless steel tank allows the full expression of Chardonnay fruit aroma without the influence of oak or lees resulting in a bright, clean tropical fruit bouquet.

PALATE: The palate is rich with tropical fruits, clean zippy acidity balances the sweet fruit character resulting in a bright fresh flavoursome palate. When good quality Chardonnay is used unwooded Chardonnay takes on a whole new level of depth and intensity.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

VINTAGE: 2015

VARIETY: Chardonnay 100%

ALCOHOL: 13.0%

GROWING REGION: Margaret River

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Reviews

PITCHFORK CHARDONNAY 2015

90 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette - Rated Best of the Rest Halliday's Top 100 2016

An unoaked version of chardonnay, more difficult than it might seem. The decision to pick early and retain maximum natural acidity has given the wine freshness and energy, with citrus/grapefruit flavours making the running.

PITCHFORK CHARDONNAY 2011 (previous vintage)

3 STARS - Winestate Best of the West Tasting May/June 2012

PITCHFORK CHARDONNAY 2010 (previous vintage)

86 POINTS by Ray Jordan

A fresh and slightly fruity unoaked chardonnay displaying intensity on the palate. It's designed as a current drinking wine. Pleasant and ready to go.

PCM

Pitchfork

Cabernet Merlot - Member Special

2015

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Cabernet Merlot - Member Special

2015

Tasting Notes

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: This traditional blend of the two classic grape varieties is designed to produce a wine with a complete palate profile. Cabernet Sauvignon is the structurally strongest variety with good flavour in the early and late part of the taste spectrum backed up by fine tannin. Merlot has less flavour persistence than Cabernet Sauvignon but has wonderful mid palate fleshiness giving a sweet fruit centre to the wine. The grapes were sourced from Margaret River; the premier grape producing region of Western Australia. Fermentation in open topped vessels with traditional pump over cap management produced a wine with loads of fruit flavours and background tannin providing structure without astringency. Maturation in French oak barriques for 10 months adds further complexity and structure without dominating the fruit.

COLOUR: Vibrant youthful red hues of good depth.

NOSE: Ripe berry fruits with chocolate mint characters typical of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon.

PALATE: Good concentration of ripe sweet berry fruits with impressive mid palate fleshiness. Soft round palate profile with ripe tannin at finish.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

VINTAGE: 2015

VARIETY: Cabernet Sauvignon 75% Merlot 25%

ALCOHOL: 14.5%

GROWING REGION: Margaret River

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Reviews

Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot 2013 (previous vintage)

92 Points - James Halliday

A 70/30% blend, open-fermented with pump overs, matured for 10 months in French oak. Bright colour; there's no question: drink this while its senior Cabernet Merlot sibling softens its tannin structure; this is joyously juicy, with a river of red fruits running along the palate, the finish bright and clear, with no tannins blocking the path.

88 Points - Huon Hooke | The Real Review

Deep red-purple colour, raspberry and crushed herb aromas, a hint of tomato leaf. It's medium-bodied and straightforward, with bright varietal fruit and finishing with a decisive, typical cabernet grip. Remarkable value. (Screw cap; 14.5 per cent alcohol.)

Score: 88 ★★★½ - view on huonhooke.com

Ageing: Drink within five or six years. Food idea: Veal parmigiana. Ranked #9 of 19 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend tasted from Margaret River. Price Benchmark: $39.73 Avg 88pt 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend tasted from Australia

Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot 2012 (previous vintage)

94 Points - James Halliday

Light, but bright crimson-purple; a vibrantly fresh wine awash with red fruits of every description, giving the impression it spent little (if any) time in oak; its balance and mouthfeel makes it a classic drink tonight style.

90 Points - Ray Jordan

A well-made, value-for-money wine. Minty chocolate aromas infused with blackberry and plum. The palate is soft and with a plump merlot middle and a gradual tightening of the cabernet to the finish.

Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot 2011 (previous vintage)

91 POINTS by James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Top Value Wines Under $20 Feb/Mar 2014

Good colour; the fragrant bouquet introduces a wine with a juicy intensity that energises and lengthens the palate and, contnues onto the aftertaste. Good today, good in 3+ years.

91 POINTS Tyson Stelzer

Authentic Margaret River Cabernet, well assembled and great value. It sings with fragrance of violets and fruit-focused flavours of blackcurrants and tangy berry fruits. The finish is well-defined, finely structured and persistent.

Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot 2010 (previous vintage)

94 POINTS James Halliday Top 100 wines

Excellent retention of colour, even brighter than when first tasted 12 months ago. This has all the character one expects from higher-priced Margaret River cabernet merlots; abundant cassis fruit framed by quality French oak and persistent, ripe tannins. Has undoubted development potential.

GOLD MEDAL UK Sommeliers Awards 2013

"Warmth and spice on the nose continue onto a spiced chocolate palate with good length. 'Elegant nose of black and red fruits with minerals and oak,' said Guillaume Mahaut of The Jugged Hare. 'Soft, juicy Cabernet fruits, this has nice freshness, good typicity and not too much oak,' said a happy Laura Rhys MS of Hotel Terravina. 'And it's great value!' Match with slow cooked pork belly".

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Pitchfork

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - Members Special

2016

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Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - Members Special

2016

Tasting Notes

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.
The growing season really starts in September/October of the year before.
In the late part of 2014, in October particularly, we experienced some of the wildest windiest weather for decades, unfortunately just when a number of grape varieties were flowering, and it is these flowers that when set become berries. The spring of 2014 was 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. Easy conditions that produced very excellent quality white grapes but in quantities well below expectations.

WINEMAKING: The wine is unwooded, with fermentation occurring in stainless steel tanks and then bottled at an early age. A low temperature, protective regime was adopted during its production, thereby preserving the finer fruit characters of these aromatic varieties.

COLOUR: Brilliant appearance, pale straw with green hues.

NOSE: Classic lifted semillon and sauvignon blanc aromas. Lemon/lime, gooseberry, pine needles, green mango and passion fruit with distinctive grassy edge.

PALATE: Intensely flavoured, pristine fruit with a clean and zippy palate. Fresh fruit flavours of lemon, passionfruit and pineapple. The palate is long and lingering with a tight acidic backbone and clean dry finish.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

VINTAGE: 2016

VARIETY: Semillon 60% Sauvignon Blanc 40%

ALCOHOL: 12.5%

GROWING REGION: Margaret River

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Reviews

PITCHFORK SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

Winsor Dobbin, www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com

A terrifically fresh and inviting white wine for immediate summer enjoyment.

This is a blend of the two white grapes that star in Margaret River and it offers vibrant zippy tropical fruit flavours alongside fresh grassiness.

It is crisp and dry and it comes in an environmentally-friendly lightweight bottles.

This would be great with fish dishes; think pan-fried whitebait or John Dory and chips, or just as an afternoon quaffer.

PITCHFORK SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 (previous vintage)

90 Points - James Halliday

Has very good intensity and focus, grass/herbal/pea pod semillon to the fore, sauvignon blanc quietly bringing up the rear and adding length.

PITCHFORK SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 (previous vintage)

91 Points - James Halliday

There are more grassy/lemongrass nuances to this wine than its SBS big sister, but these don't leave the tropical nuances behind. It shares the value, freshness and life of its sister, and is priced to sell (and be consumed) quickly.

PITCHFORK SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012 (previous vintage)

90 POINTS - James Halliday Wines Rated as offering special value for money

Uses contract-grown grapes; here some tropical notes come into play alongside citrus and grassy nuances; good acidity freshens and lenghtens the finish of a very attractive wine for immediate consumption.

87 POINTS HUON HOOKE

Uses contract-grown grapes; here some tropical notes come into play alongside citrus and grassy nuances; good acidity freshens and lenghtens the finish of a very attractive wine for immediate consumption. With its light, bright yellow colour and shy aroma of fresh limes, this wine has a fruity, citrusy taste and a light, lean, straightforward mouth presence, finishing pleasingly dry. It's an uncomplicated, refreshing, easy drinking white wine. Best young.

89 POINTS by Ray Jordan

Fits neatly into the mould for this style from Margaret River. Fresh and lively with a grassy tropical fruit mix. Pleasant fine acid sustains the finish which is zippy and completes a very good wine. Ideal casual drinking.

PITCHFORK SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 (previous vintage)

3 Stars RALPH KYTE-POWELL
HIGHLY regarded Margaret River winemaker Michael Kerrigan says his well-priced Pitchfork range offers "flavour and depth greater than the wine price may suggest". He's spot-on with this crisp summery white. It opens with a surge of zesty lime, fruit salad and grassy aromas, following up with a clean, appetising palate.

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Pitchfork

Shiraz - Member Special

2014

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Shiraz - Member Special

2014

Tasting Notes

VINTAGE: The 2013 vintage in Margaret River continues the long run of outstanding vintages enjoyed by, what is now, widely regarded as the premier grape growing region in Australia.

In what was a carbon copy of the 2012 vintage the summer of 2013 started off uncommonly warm to hot throughout January and early February but with a significant cooling influence experienced towards the latter part of February and extending throughout March and early April allowing the majority of the grape varieties to take full advantage of sunny but not overly hot conditions.

WINEMAKING: Shiraz from selected premium Margaret River vineyards were used to make this wine. Fermented in open stainless steel tanks with twice daily pumpovers 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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

VINTAGE: 2013

VARIETY: Shiraz 100%

ALCOHOL: 14.0%

GROWING REGION: Margaret River

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Reviews

Pitchfork Shiraz 2013

90 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

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.

Pitchfork Shiraz 2011 (previous vintage)

93 POINTS by James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Top Value Wines Under $20 Feb/Mar 2014

Bright, clear crimson-purple; a very attractive, juicy light-to medium-bodied shiraz, with vibrant red and black fruits; spice and pepper, the tannins silky, the oak subtle.

89 POINTS. FANTASTIC VALUE. by Ralph Kyte-Powell August 2013

An aromatic shiraz from Margaret River winery Hay Shed Hill. The nose is an appetising mix of juicy berry scents, liquorice, peppery spice and subtle sweet oak. It is medium-bodied and long with easy tannins underneath.

Pitchfork Shiraz 2010 (previous vintage)

91 POINTS by Huon Hooke Good Living Sydney Morning Herald 27/3/12

An outstanding wine for the price; deep-set plum and dark-berry aromas and toasty overtones. From Hay Shed Hill. Drink now to seven years.4 Stars by Winestate Magazine Annual issue 2013

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Hay Shed Hill Block Series

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Block 1 | 2016

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Hay Shed Hill Block Series

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Block 1 | 2016

Tasting Notes

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 fertilized 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: Only the best 'free run' component of the juice was used resulting in the finest and brightest fruit expression with the least amount of phenolic impact. The juice was fermented in French oak barrels, no new oak was used so as to ensure that oak flavours and aromas were not dominant characters in the wine. The wine was matured in barrel for 8 months before clarification and bottling.

COLOUR: Pale straw colour with fresh green tinges.

NOSE: The bouquet is fresh and clean with classic grassy elements typical of this region but with a lemony minerality distinctive to this block. The nose is more complex than most SSB blends with an underlying toasty nuance.

PALATE: The palate is bright and fresh with vibrant citric, gooseberry and lychee-like flavours, all at a level of intensity greater than expected. The oak is almost impossible to detect other than it adds a textural dimension to what is normally a simple fresh and lively wine style. The 2016 Block 1 SSB has an amazing palate extension with the flavour lingering to a clean ultra dry finish.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2016 Variety: Semillon 65% Sauvignon Blanc 35%
Alcohol: 12.0% Alc. Vol. Growing Region: Margaret River

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Reviews

Hay Shed Hill Block 1 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015

96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion - RATED EQUAL TOP SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLEND - Special Value rosette - Rated Best of the Rest Halliday's Top 100 2016
Dry-grown old vines, subtle use of barrel fermentation. It's a superb effort: it's not a rock concert, but a symphony, intelligent and nuanced,long and superbly balanced.

94 Points - Ray Jordan Summer Drinks Guide The Best Wines under $40.00

2014 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 1 SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC (previous vintage)

95 Points - James Halliday

Barrel-fermented in used French oak, matured for 9 months. Margaret River makes a challenging task for eastern Australia seem ridiculously easy, although it's true that the quality of the grapes is the all-important starting point. The wine has presence and gravitas, the lemon/citrus/mineral flavours give texture to the oak, without diminishing the fruit flavours.

2013 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 1 SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC (previous vintage)

95 points - James Halliday

From some of the oldest dry-grown and low-yielding vines in the region. The intense and complex flavours have a thin veneer of French oak, the fruit flavours taking centre stage, offering lemon zest, a hint of preserved lemon, stone fruit and kiwifruit, acidity just where it should be.

2012 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 1 SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC (previous vintage)

95 points - Ray Jordan Top 100 Australian Whites December 2013

Comes from some of the oldest semillon and sauvignon blanc vines in Margaret River. Has perhaps the most distinctive semillon character of any of these wines, with a fine penetrating line of citrus and spice dominating the nose. The palate is augmented with a little oad while remarkable. A super wine for now or a little further cellaring.

94 points - Tyson Stelzer WBM Magazine

The fruit of some of Margaret River's oldest Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines is sensitively co-fermented in old oak to build seamless integration and textural depth. It's tightly controlled, tones and age-worthy.

2011 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 1 SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC (previous vintage)

96 points - James Halliday

Made from the grapes ex some of the oldest vines (dry grown) of semillon and sauvignon blanc in Margaret River with some barrel ferment. It is a wine of startling intensity and length, the oak swept away by the tsunami of citrus, grass and snow pea flavours; a long, bone-dry finish.

2010 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 1 SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC (previous vintage)

96 points the best ssb blend in the good food & wine guide 2012 - Nick Stock

A single-site expression that brings a heightened intensity and purity to the classic dry Margaret River white sytle: nettle and herbs, lemon citrus, and some hints of tropical fruits too. The palate's scintillating - really bristling with crisp citrus flavour, bright crunchy acidity and a long, true and unwavering finish. Brilliant length and precision here; the merest hint of nutty oak flavour and subtle textural enhancement is a winemaking triumph!

B6

Hay Shed Hill Block Series

Chardonnay

Block 6 | 2015

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Chardonnay

Block 6 | 2015

Tasting Notes

Hay Shed Hill is one of a small and prestigious group of pioneer vineyards that have established Margaret River's reputation as a world-class wine producing region. Located in the heart of the Willyabrup Valley, the premier sub-region of Margaret River, The Hay Shed Hill Block Series wines are made from small parcels of fruit from individual blocks on the vineyard to showcase the best of Hay Shed Hill. Planted in 1975 to Gin Gin (Mendoza) clone Chardonnay, Block 6 has a steep south-facing aspect thereby reducing the sunlight interception by the vines and creating a cool micro climate ideal for quality Chardonnay production. These dry grown vines produce tiny quantities of fruit with distinctive restrained minerally character.

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, unfortunately just when a number of grape varieties were flowering, and it is these flowers that when set become berries. The spring of 2014 was 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 in 23 years of growing grapes in the South West.

The season itself was quite warm in the early part, and very dry. Easy conditions that produced very excellent quality white grapes but in quantities well below expectations.

WINEMAKING: Only the best 'free run' component of the juice was used resulting in the finest and brightest fruit expression with the least amount of phenolic impact. The juice was fermented in French oak barriques; 30% new with the balance being one, two and three years old, before maturing in barriques for a further 10 months. No lees stirring or malolactic fermentation occurred, preserving and highlighting the purity of fruit expression. The wine expresses the character of this superb vineyard in an elegant and restrained style that is bright, vibrant and fresh in its youth and will benefit from medium-term cellaring.

COLOUR: Brilliant appearance, great clarity and the lightest of green hues.

NOSE: The 2015 Block 6 Chardonnay has mineral aromatics with background savoury flinty notes. The fruit is in the fresh white pear spectrum with perhaps some citric elements.

PALATE: The palate is complex with good carryover of fruit expression. Vibrant and with a lightness about it this wine, it is far from the old fashioned Australian Chardonnay of the 1980's. The old vine depth of fruit provides a complexity not seen in most Chardonnay - there is always more to find in the wine without it being overworked or over-blown. This is a beautiful wine with depth of flavour and texture that will stand up in a fine dining situation.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Vintage: 2015

Variety: Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol: 13.0% Alc. Vol.

Growing Region: Margaret River

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Block 6 Chardonnay 2015

96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 - Special Value rosette

The progression of Margaret River chardonnay continues unabated. Exceptionally fine and poised, it is laden with white peach, nectarine and a hint of complex leesy oak. Superbly fine and poised, long and energetic.

Block 6 Chardonnay 2014

95 Points - James Halliday
Estate-grown, only free-run juice used, fermented in new (30%) and used French barriques, matured for a further 10 months, no stirring or mlf. Elegance and balance are the keys to a Chardonnay that side-steps many of the big hitters from Margaret River.

Block 6 Chardonnay 2013 (previous vintage)

96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion

This is in the heart of the grand complexity of Margaret River chardonnay style, with exceptional depth of flavour and structure amplified by the old vines and the Gingin clone; white peach, nectarine and fig fruit and creamy cashew notes are balanced by crisp, firm acidity.

2012 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 6 CHARDONNAY (previous vintage)

96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion

Bright straw-green; Block 6 is planted to the low-yielding, small berry Gingin clone; the decision to pick (early) has been handsomely repaid with the tension between the ripe white peach in the heart of the wine, and its vibrant citrussy acidity, oak an interested observer.

95 Points - Tyson Stelzer WBM Magazine

Impressively understated for the Gin Gin clone in northern Margaret River, this is an accurate reflection of a special cool site defined by a honed and focused palate of incisive acid structure and impeccable poise.

2011 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 6 CHARDONNAY (previous vintage)

94 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion

Mid-gold, green hue; restrained aromas of grapefruit, cashew and fine French oak; the palate is lacy, racy and fine, with linear acidity driving the long, even and thoroughly engaging conclusion; unevolved at tasting, yet time will reveal the true beauty within.

94 Points - Ray Jordan
These Hay Shed Hill chardonnays have reached a new level in recent years, and this one is another cracker. Classically Margaret River with its powerful palate and super fruit intensity, there is a nice mix of grapefruit and pear with a little roasted cashew influence. It retains a lively freshness which makes for excellent current drinking.. by Ray Jordan

Awards

Bronze medal

Margaret River Wine Show 2013

2011 HAY SHED HILL BLOCK 6 CHARDONNAY (previous vintage)

Silver Medal

Margaret River Wine Show 2012

B8

Hay Shed Hill Block Series

Cabernet Franc

Block 8 | 2015

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Cabernet Franc

Block 8 | 2015

Tasting 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.


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: 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.

COLOUR: 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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2015 Variety: Cabernet Franc 100%
Alcohol: 14.5% Alc. Vol. Growing Region: Wilyabrup, Margaret River

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Reviews

Hay Shed Hill Block 8 Cabernet Franc 2014

95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

It's rare to find a 100% cabernet franc, and this demonstrates there should be more. Lifted florals and berry fruit lead to a finely poised palate, superfine and with substantial length, it builds and builds, its finish full of energy.

Hay Shed Hill Block 8 Cabernet Franc 2013 (previous vintage)

95 Points - James Halliday

Light, bright crimson: the bouquet has the hallmark perfume of violets and cigar box, the vibrantly fresh red berries of the palate sitting on a bed of silk and velvet tannins all the way through to a long finish. Deserves its claim to be one of the best examples of the variety in Australia.

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Hay Shed Hill Block Series

Cabernet Sauvignon

Block 2 | 2013

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Block 2 | 2013

Tasting Notes

BLOCK 2 on the Hay Shed Hill vineyard was planted in 1975 to the Houghton clone of Cabernet Sauvignon. These old dry grown vines have sunk deep roots into the gravelly loam soil profile providing the nutrient basis they need. Block 2 has a steep northern facing aspect maximizing the sunlight interception by the vines providing ideal ripening conditions.

VINTAGE: The 2013 vintage in Margaret River continues the long run of outstanding vintages enjoyed by, what is now, widely regarded as the premier grape growing region in Australia.

In what was a carbon copy of the 2012 vintage the summer of 2013 started off uncommonly warm to hot throughout January and early February but with a significant cooling influence experienced towards the latter part of February and extending throughout March and early April allowing the majority of the grape varieties to take full advantage of sunny but not overly hot conditions.

WINEMAKING: The grapes from Block 2 were de-stemmed into open topped vessels for fermentation on skins with traditional pump over cap management. At the completion of fermentation the wine was left on skins for a further 10 days to maximize the development of the mature tannin. Maturation in French oak barriques for 18 months added further complexity and structure without dominating the fruit. The wine was matured in bottle for six months prior to release.

COLOUR: Dense dark red to black colour of great intensity.

TASTING NOTES: The 2013 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense blood red with a dark centre. The wine displays ripe berry aromas of great intensity with underlying dusty and earthy characters typical of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. There is depth to the nose indicating there are reserves of complex aromas yet to develop and be exhibited in the wine. The palate is substantial - this is a big wine by Western Australian standards with intense and fully ripe, fleshy sweet fruit filling the mid palate with great palate extension driven by the ripe and mature tannin. The mouthfeel is robust but the tannins are smooth.

CELLARING: This is a strong wine with ripe tannin and strong fruit depth indicating it will benefit from careful cellaring. The expectation is that the wine would benefit from 10 years maturation.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2013
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Alcohol: 14.0% Alc. Vol.
Growing Region: Margaret River

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Reviews

2012 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon | previous vintage

95 POINTS - James Halliday

Destemmed, open-fermented with pump overs, 10 days post-fermentation maceration, matured in French oak for 18 months. Vivid crimson-purple colour introduces a cabernet's cabernet, full of blackcurrant fruits ringed by the autocratic tannins that are unique to the variety. Because the balance is there, patience (which is essential) will be richly rewarded.

2011 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon | previous vintage

95 POINTS - James Halliday
Estate-grown, open-fermented and matured in French oak for 18 months. 2012 was a great vintage in the Margaret River, producing many exemplary cabernets, combining elegance with intense varietal fruit. Here cassis floods the senses, so much so it is easy to forget the fine, ripe tannins and French oak lined up in silent support.

2010 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon | previous vintage

96 POINTS - James Halliday
Bright crimson-purple; made from the oldest cabernet planted on the estate, and brings together elegant cassis and red berry fruit with quality French oak, the tannins persistent yet particularly fine; the overall mouthfeel is excellent, and the wine has the balance to age well.

96 POINTS - Ray Jordan
Wow, this is another super wine from Michael Kerrigan from this old block of cabernet fruit. It's dense and incredibly concentrated, with rich plum and blackcurrant characters cut with a little tart black olive. Ripe, firmish tannins, plenty of oak and plush fruit. Immense ageing potential.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Lester Jesberg

95 POINTS - James Halliday Wine Companion 2013
Deep magenta, bright; understated and reserved pure cassis and cedar bouquet, complex and intriguing; the palate is full-bodied and firm, yet the tannins silky and acidity super fresh; unevolved at the time of tasting, and if patient, will absolutely reward cellaring.

Awards

Gold Medals

Winestate Best of the West 2014

Bronze Medals

Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2012
Cowra Wine Show 2013

HSBS

Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

2016

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Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

2016

Tasting Notes

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 fertilized 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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2016
Growing Region: Margaret River
Alcohol: 12.5% Alc Vol.
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc 58% Semillon 42%

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Reviews

2016 HAY SHED HILL SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON

95 Points - James Halliday Included in Top 100 Wines 2016

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 this wine. Some grassy/pea pod aromas quickly yield to the even flow of the passionfruit, pineapple and guava on the supple palate.

93 Points - Ray Jordan - Summer Wine Guide - The Best Wine $20 price range

Fresh, crunchy and a little palate texture completes the perfect summer drink at value for money. Lots of vibrant tropical fruit with a little citus tang driving to a long finish. Nails the fresh young drinking style to the letter.

2015 HAY SHED HILL SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON (previous vintage)

92 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette

Such a convincing pitch. Smoothness to the texture, a general sense of restraint, and yet still it packs plenty of lemongrass, tropical fruit and citrus flavour into its punch.

2014 HAY SHED HILL SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON (previous vintage)

93 POINTS - James Halliday Wine Companion
A very fresh and lively blend, with as much impact from the semillon as the sauvignon blanc; grassy/herbal aromas slide into the lemon-accented palate, with tropical fruits playing a secondary role. Great summer seafood style.

2013 HAY SHED HILL SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON (previous vintage)

95 Points - James Halliday

A great example of the synergy Margaret River brings to this blend. Vibrantly fresh and literally dancing with its suite of aromas and flavours, moving from fresh-cut grass on the bouquet to a mix of zesty citrus and tropical fruits on the fresh, spring breeze mouthfeel of the palate. Great value.

Bronze Medal
Margaret River Wine Show 2013

2012 HAY SHED HILL SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON (previous vintage)

93 Points - James Halliday

Estate grown, the vines fully mature. An elegant wine, the aromas and flavours largely in the snow pea, grass and citrus spectrum, the semillon an important partner.

HCH

Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Chardonnay

2015

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Chardonnay

2015

Tasting Notes

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, unfortunately just when a number of grape varieties were flowering, and it is these flowers that when set become berries. The spring of 2014 was 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 in 23 years of growing grapes in the South West.

The season itself was quite warm in the early part, and very dry. Easy conditions that produced very excellent quality white grapes but in quantities well below expectations.

COLOUR: The wine displays fresh green tinges on a pale straw colour.

NOSE: The nose exhibits aromas of fresh cut pear and honey dew melon with some zesty citric notes. There are no overt woody or buttery aromas with the primary fruit characters expressed with clarity and definition.

PALATE: The palate is fresh and lively with clean crisp acidity complementing the vibrant fruity flavours. The palate has very good extension and ends clean and bright. This is a restrained style of Australian Chardonnay and highlights how far we have come with this style of wine over the last decade.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2015
Growing Region: Margaret River
Variety: Chardonny 100%
Alcohol: 13.0% Alc. Vol.

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Reviews

Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay 2014 (previous vintage)

94 Points - James Halliday

Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay 2013 (previous vintage)

95 Points - James Halliday
Straw-green, has all the gravitas expected of the Gingin clone grown in Margaret River, making light work of barrel fermentation and maturation, but no lees stirring or mlf; white peach, melon and fig flavours have exceptional mouthfeel thanks to the acidity, with Chablis-like punch.

94 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

Pale, bright green-straw; free-run juice was barrel-fermented and matured for 11 months in French barriques; a precisely made chardonnay, with attention to detail from the decision to pick through to the aftertaste of the wine in the glass. It has great purity, the fruit sucking saliva from the mouth on the long finish.

93 Points - Tyson Stelzer

With focused definition of pristine white peach and grapefruit, this is a Chardonnay that captures the depth and breadth of Margaret River while sustaining control, acid definition and finely textured mouthfeel on the finish.

HCM

Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Cabernet Merlot

2015

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Cabernet Merlot

2015

Tasting Notes

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: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes from the Hay Shed Hill vineyard were harvested and de-stemmed into open topped vessels for fermentation on skins with traditional pump-over cap management to aid colour and flavour extraction. The wine was matured in French oak barrels for 13 months allowing integration of fine oak and development of the soft ripe tannin.

COLOUR: Deep crimson red of good intensity and vibrant hue.

NOSE: Intense berry fruits, cassis and chocolate mint characters notes with background cedar like oak.

PALATE: Medium bodied, this wines shows a vibrant and lively fruit driven palate with a fleshy middle and soft mature ripe tannin.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2015
Growing Region: Margaret River
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 80% Merlot 20%
Alcohol: 14.0% Alc Vol.

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2014 HAY SHED HILL CABERNET MERLOT (previous vintage)

91/100 - Ray Jordan - Top 100 Reds 2016

This beautifully appealing cabernet merlot blend is all juicy fruit and succulent flavours. Perfumed, scented notes on the nose, with a fruit-driven medium -bodied palate offering loads of balanced red-berry flavours supplemented with some nice, savoury, slightly cedary oak. Smooth and effortless.

93 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette

This is what medium-weight red wine drinking is all about. It has fruit, it has flow, it has tannin and acid and yet it never threatens to become caught up in itself. For now or for the medium term cellar, it has the bases covered.

2013 HAY SHED HILL CABERNET MERLOT (previuos vintage)

93 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2016

2012 HAY SHED HILL CABERNET MERLOT (previous vintage)

95 Points - James Halliday

Ticks all the boxes from the first whiff through to the finish and aftertaste; shows the effortless power that a medium-bodied wine can provide when varieties, place and winemaking are all in sync. 12 months in French oak simply serves to frame the luscious blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit flavours, savoury but fine tannins the mark of cabernet.

Four 1/2 Stars - Tony Love - www.taste.com.au March 17, 2015

This varietal partnership is a familiar West Australian friend nowadays, and Margaret River leads the state's regions in fashioning such duets, which deliver great black and blue fruits, here with a neatly entwined waft of gum forest to add an indigenous herbal lift. It's well balanced, easy going and not too heavy. A straight cabernet sauvignon ($28) has more body.
Value: Jump on it.

Three 1/2 Stars - Winestate 'Best of the West' Tasting 2014

2011 HAY SHED HILL CABERNET MERLOT (previous vintage)

93 POINTS - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

Deep crimson-purple hue; the bouquet is enticing, and the palate continues the theme with juicy cassis and redcurrant fruit, 12 months in French oak judged to perfection, contributing to both texture and flavour. Great value.

Four & 1/2 Stars - Tony Love, Adeliade Advertiser

Awards

2011 HAY SHED HILL CABERNET MERLOT (previous vintage)

SILVER MEDALS

Margaret River Wine Show 2012

BRONZE MEDALS

Qantas Wine Show of WA 2012
Cowra Wine Show 2013

HS2T

Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Shiraz Tempranillo

2015

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Shiraz Tempranillo

2015

Tasting Notes:

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 optimize 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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2015 | Growing Region: Margaret River | Variety: Shiraz 86% Tempranillo 14% | Alcohol: 14.5%

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Hay Shed Hill Shiraz Tempranillo 2015

SILVER MEDAL - Wine Show of WA 2016

HAY SHED HILL SHIRAZ TEMPRANILLO 2014

93 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette

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.

Bronze Medal - Margaret River Wine Show 2015

HAY SHED HILL SHIRAZ TEMPRANILLO 2013 (previous vintage)

92 Points - James Halliday

HAY SHED HILL SHIRAZ TEMPRANILLO 2012

92 Points - Mike Bennie WBM Magazine

Shiraz and Tempranillo are a pretty dynamic duo, with Hay Shed Hill's solid Tempranillo sources likely giving this wine some additional verve. It's definitely in the red berry fruit spectrum with bouquet garni herbal complexity, a whiff of cola and some licorice scent and flavours. Interesting wine, spicy wine, lively wine. Dig this blend.

90 Points - James Halliday

An interesting blend, although the jury is out on the question of synergy. The bouquet and fore-palate have mid-range red and black fruits before the wine moves through to a more emphatic and complex finish; here black cherry and savoury licorice characters change the tempo.

HAY SHED HILL SHIRAZ TEMPRANILLO 2011 (previous vintage)

93 POINTS by James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
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.

Awards

HAY SHED HILL SHIRAZ TEMPRANILLO 2012 (previous vintage)

Silver Medal Margaret River Wine Show 2013

HCS

Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Cabernet Sauvignon

2014

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Cabernet Sauvignon

2014

Tasting 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 realized 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: Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Hay Shed Hill vineyard were harvested at optimum ripeness from the outstanding 2014 vintage. The grapes were de-stemmed into open topped vessels for fermentation on skins with traditional pump over cap management. At the completion of fermentation the wine was left on skins for a further 10 days to maximize the development of the mature tannin. Maturation in French oak barrels for 13 months added further complexity and structure without dominating the fruit.

COLOUR: Dense dark red to black colour of great intensity.

NOSE: An intense and rich bouquet led by the ripest cassis and berry fruits, rich and opulent but brooding in its youth. Behind the primary fruits are distinctive vineyard characteristics of dark chocolate and mint. The oak is background cedar which will recede further as the fruits emerge with some bottle age.
PALATE: This vineyard consistently produces intense fleshy and full mid palate Cabernet with massive fruit weight with dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours. At the time of writing the wine is very youthful and tight but it still has ample fruit sweetness that will only become more accessible as the wine matures in bottle. This is a big full wine with ample flavour and concentration in the classic Margaret River tradition.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Vintage: 2014

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 91% Malbec 9%

Alcohol: 14.0% Alc. Vol.

Growing Region: Margaret River

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2014 Hay SHed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

GOLD MEDAL - Wine Show of WA 2016

94 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

Wines like this can certainly be cellared but you're always left to wonder: why wait? Balance, flavour and texture are in such good form now that there's no good reason to deny yourself.

2013 Hay SHed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (previous vintage)

95 Points - James Halliday

An 86/10/4% blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc, standard Hay Shed Hill vinification, then French oak for 13 months. All about complexity, built in part on the fruit blend, part the tannin structure, part oak, and part the terroir. A quintessential Margaret River style; there are even better examples, but you have to pay three or four times as much to get one.

2012 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (previous vintage)

96 Points - James Halliday

Estate-grown, open-fermented and matured in French oak for 18 months. 2012 was a great vintage in the Margaret River, producing many exemplary cabernets, combining elegance with intense varietal fruit. Here cassis floods the senses, so much so it is easy to forget the fine, ripe tannins and French oak lined up in silent support.

95 POINTS by Decanter Magazine UK

Intensity and magnitude, while maintaining focus and control, intricately framed in firm, fine tannins, and presenting a grandeur well beyond is price.

ICON WINE by Windsor Dobbin

Tasting this is in a bracket containing several more expensive Margaret River cabernets, I made a note that this was probably in the $50+ bracket, offering all the elements required of a regional icon. The 40-year-old vines at Hay Shed Hill are doing their job, 2012 was an outstanding vintage and Michael Kerrigan a wise winemaker who is in touch with the region and its vines. This is a wine of impeccable balance with dark berry fruit allied to classy French oak producing a svelte, intense but stylish red with both complexity and accessibility. An absolute bargain at $28.

95 POINTS by Tyson Stelzer - WBM Magazine/Wine Taste

There is intensity and magnitude to this vintage of Hay Shed Hill's single vineyard Wilyabrup cabernet, yet at every moment maintaining focus and control. Layers of blackcurrant, redcurrant and cassis fruit are intricately framed in firm, fine tannins of impeccable balance. It finished very long and enticing, presenting a grandeur well beyond it's price.

Awards

GOLD MEDAL Sydney International Wine Competition

GOLD MEDAL Qantas Wine Show WA 2014

SILVER MEDAL International Wine Challenge 2014

BRONZE MEDAL Margaret River Wine Show 2013

2011 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (previous vintage)

2011 Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (previous vintage)

96 POINTS by James Halliday
Estate-grown, and matured for 18 months in French oak; the strong purplecrimson colour and rich, cassis-laden bouquet is followed by a deeply flavoured, medium-to full-bodied palate, fruit dominant, but with noticable tannins and good quliaty oak.

94 POINTS by Tyson Stelzer
This is one of the greats from Margaret River legend Michael Kerrigan, exemplifying the pedigree fo this single Wilyabrup site in accurate varietal integrity, well composed intensity, lifted fragrance and enticing vibrancy.

94 POINTS by Tim White

Gold Medals

Perth Royal Show 2012
Qantas Wine Show 2012

Silver Medals

IWC - London 2013

Margaret River Wine Show 2012

Bronze Medals

Royal Melbourne Wine show 2012

Cowra Wine Show 2013

HMOG

Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Morrison's Gift

2014

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Morrison's Gift

2014

Tasting Notes

The Hay Shed Hill vineyard is one of the pioneer vineyards of Margaret River, located in the Willyabrup sub region; heart of Margaret River red wine country. Like many of the neighbouring vineyards Hay Shed Hill was founded by people outside the regions agricultural community, people driven by a common passion for the great wines of Bordeaux.

Since the ground breaking work of Professor Harold Olmo of the University of California Davis and the local legend Dr John Gladstones in the 60s that identified and quantified the climatic and soil attributes of this part of Margaret River, noting the uncanny homoclimatic similarity to that of Bordeaux, the early founders were driven to produce world class Cabernet based blends.

The Hay Shed Hill 'Morrison's Gift' is named after the founders of Hay Shed Hill Wines; Liz and Barry Morrison who planted the grape varieties made famous in Bordeaux. This wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc in honour of their foresight. We thank them for the gift of these fully mature plantings on this wonderful vineyard site that allow us to make wines like the 2014 Hay Shed Hill Morrison's Gift'.

The Vintage 2014
Vintage 2014 is another in a succession of excellent vintages for Margaret River with an early hot February giving way to a mild and calm March allowing steady slow ripening to full maturity. Not a drop of rain to spoil a trouble free harvest in a classic Margaret River vintage.

The wine
In keeping with the tradition of great Bordeaux blends this wine is medium bodied with the emphasis placed on textural complexity and elegance rather than brute strength and depth of fruit. Classic Cabernet berry aromas with the all the flavour and textural complexity of the lesser well known, but crucial secondary varieties.

Technical

Growing Region: Margaret River Alc Vol: 14.0%
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 40%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 20%, Malbec 10%, Cabernet Franc 10%

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HMUS

Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Muscat 375ml

NV

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Muscat 375ml

NV

Tasting Notes

Right at the top of Block 1, the highest part of the vineyard, lies a tiny patch of Muscat vines planted in 1973. These small unirrigated vines face due north and receive the most intense sunlight on the whole property allowing them to produce a small amount of amazingly intense sweet grapes.

WINEMAKING: The Hay Shed Hill Muscat is a non vintage specific fortified sweet white wine made over many years of barrel aging to produce an intensely sweet concentrated wine. New vintage juice is only partially fermented when it is fortified with the best grape spirit alcohol leaving the wine rich in natural sugar. This wine is then matured in old French oak barrels. Each batch of wine is blended individually from several vintages of wine extending back many years giving the average age of the wine at around 8 years.

COLOUR: A deep polished cedar golden brown colour.

NOSE: Intensely lifted with heady aromas of fresh raisins with more complex honey, caramel and almond characters.

PALATE: A super intense rich and luscious palate of great sweetness and amazing length, complex with layers of rich flavours and a strong warm finish.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: NV
Growing Region: Margaret River
Variety: Muscat 100%
Alcohol: 21.0% Alc Vol.

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This wine is produced from a small parcel of fruit on our estate, as such volumes are low. We therefore only sell this product direct to members and do not distribute to the wine media or to wine shows. You'll have to trust us that it's a stunning drop.

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Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

NV

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Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

NV

Tasting Notes

WINEMAKING: All batches are kept separate during winemaking to maximise blending options and the complexity of the final wines. The wines go through secondary fermentation in bottles and are aged on yeast lees for as long as possible - the average tirage of the final blend is two years.

COLOUR: Pale gold. Great clarity.

NOSE: The lifted nose displays honeysuckle and citrus notes. The triage age contributes aromas of nougat and roasted nuts, while the Pinot Noir fruit shows delicate strawberry characters.

PALATE: The palate is well balanced with delicate fruit flavours, creaminess from the fine bead mousse and fresh acid. The wine finishes dry and light, with lingering flavours of citrus and nougat.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Vintage: NV
Variety: Chardonnay 60% Pinot Noir 40%
Alcohol: 11.5% Alc. Vol.
Growing Region: Wine of Australia

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Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

NV

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Kerrigan+Berry

Riesling

2016

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Kerrigan+Berry

Riesling

2016

Tasting Notes

The Kerrigan + Berry Riesling is made from the historic Langton Vineyard, Mount Baker in Western Australia's Great Southern.

VINTAGE: The 2016 vintage was influenced by a hot dry spring, which accelerated vine growth, and a mild summer with above average rainfall leading into an early autumn.
A very early budburst occurred in late August or early September for all varieties. A lack of cold fronts through early spring and the associated damaging winds saw vine growth accelerate through flowering and into early stages of veraison. Yields were much improved on the previous year though the aromatic whites such as riesling and sauvignon blanc were marginally lighter.

Heavy rain in late January and the early onset of cold night time temperatures slowed things down and gave the vines an opportunity for the flavours to really concentrate. The cold night temperatures were a feature of the white harvest, the benefit to fruit quality could be clearly seen.
The cold nights also helped the Mt Barker Riesling to achieve great results with a linear acid backbone and great limey citrus aromas.
The 2016 vintage will result in some magnificent wines from the Great Southern region.

TASTING NOTES: The 2016 KERRIGAN + BERRY is a pale straw colour with lively, steely green tinges. The nose is a perfumed blend of limes, lemons and more tropical passionfruit.

The initial impression on the palate is that of seamless structure, fine vibrant acids and lingering citrus flavours. The use of free-run juice only has given the wine "fineness", balancing the fragile varietal flavours of Riesling.

There is a complex array of flavours in the mouth, dominated by lemons, limes and grapefruit. These are supported by hints of spice and mineral on the mid-palate and green apple on the impressively long finish.

CELLARING: The refreshing lemons and limes make this wine very appealing in its first year or so. However it may take up to ten years before this fine steely structure transforms into the toasty, rich, complex wine that is an aged Riesling.

TECHNICAL:
Alcohol 12.0%
Growing Region: Mount Barker, Great Southern, Western Australia.
Variety: Riesling 100%

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Reviews

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2016

ELITE GOLD MEDAL - Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2016. Ranked highest rated West Australian Dry Riesling.

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2015 (previous vintage)

95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette

Lemon and lime notes spider their way through to a biting, dramatic finish. Frisson meets pure white wine. Talc and mineral characters add to the landscape. Scintillating.

Gold Medal - Qantas Wine Show WA 2015

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2014 (previous vintages)

96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016

From the historic Langton Vineyard planted in the '70s: Quartz-white, the bouquet is fresh and clean, but gives little clue about the quite beautiful pallet to follow, which is perfectly balances, and has pure lime and apple - even a wisp of passionfruit - already on enticing display.

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2013 (previous vintages)

95 Points - James Halliday

The grapes come from the cool Langton Vineyard, planted in the '70s. The flowery bouquet leads into a particularly intense and structured palate; the acidity is firm, but balanced, and all the fruit necessary for a long life is there.

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2012

96 POINTS James Halliday Wine Companion 2014

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2011

94 POINTS James Halliday

Made from nigh-on 40-year-old vines on the Langton Vineyard planted on steep, south-facing (hence cool) slopes. A spotlessly clean bouquet has light wafts of mineral and citrus, the palate long and bone dry. A wine made without compromise, and all the better for that.

93 POINTS Wine Showcase Magazine 2012

92 POINTS Mike Bennie WBM Jan/Feb 2012

95 POINTS Ray Jordan West Weekend Magazine July 2011

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2010 (previous vintage)

94 POINTS Nick Stock Good Wine Guide

OUTSTANDING Winewise by Lester Jesberg

FIVE STARS The Age by Ralph Kyte-Powell

94 POINTS WBM by Tyson Stelzer

Awards

SILVER MEDAL Cowra Wine Show 2012

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2011 (previous vintage)

SILVER MEDAL

Perth Royal Show 2011

BRONZE MEDAL

International Riesling Challenge 2011
Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2011
Cool Climate Wine Show 2012

KERRIGAN + BERRY RIESLING 2010 (previous vintage)

TROPHY BEST RIESLING QANTAS WINE SHOW OF WA 2010
GOLD MEDAL - 2010 DRY WHITE RIESLING QANTAS WINE SHOW WA 2010

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Kerrigan+Berry

Cabernet Sauvignon

2012

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Cabernet Sauvignon

2012

Tasting Notes

KERRIGAN + BERRY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

The 2012 KERRIGAN + BERRY Cabernet Sauvignon is made from two old vine vineyards situated in Mt Barker and Margaret River, the two premier grape growing regions of Western Australia. While Margaret River has earned an international reputation for this variety, Mt Barker has quietly long produced cabernets of great subtlety and complexity. This blend fuses the strengths of Mt Barker Cabernet Sauvignon with its classic berry cassis characters with the more fleshy robust structure of Margaret River.

Vintage: Both Margaret River and Mount Barker regions experienced an excellent 2012 vintage.
The Margaret River wine region started hot however the weather moderated just in time to become quite mild for the remainder of the season allowing the grapes to remain on the vine to develop all the desired flavour and aroma producing outstanding wines.
Mount Barker experienced above average winter and spring rainfall which allowed for strong vine development. Followed by a warm, dry summer promoted perfect yield with even ripening and a concentration of flavour.

The 2012 KERRIGAN + BERRY Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense blood red appearance with a black heart. The wine displays ripe berry aromas of great intensity from the Margaret River fruit with underlying dusty and earthy characters typical of Great Southern Cabernet Sauvignon. There is depth to the nose indicating there are reserves of complex aromas yet to develop and be exhibited in the wine. The palate is substantial with an intense and full flavour profile and ripe and fleshy sweet fruits fill the mid palate with long palate extension driven by ripe and mature tannin. The mouth feel is robust but the tannins are smooth.

CELLARING
This is a strong wine with ripe tannin and strong fruit depth, indicating it will benefit from careful cellaring. The expectation is that the wine would benefit from 10 years' maturation.

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Reviews

KERRIGAN + BERRY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

A 50/50% blend of the two regions, eloquently demonstrating just how compatible the union can be; Margaret River provides the fleshy mid-palate, Mount Barker the finely boned structure and notes of cassis, the finish a duet between two tenors, oak and tannins provide the beat.

KERRIGAN + BERRY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010 (previous vintage)

95 POINTS | Tyson Stelzer Wine Business Monthly/ Wine Taste
This is a relatively late release by WA standards, and at four years of age it upholds impressively vibrant, bright aromas and flavours. It's a cabernet of well-defined varietal integrity, layered with black - and redcurrants, capsicum, coffee and notes of grilled tomato. The finish, is long, even and age worthy, well-structured with lively acidity and finely textured, gravelly tannins.

BRONZE MEDAL | Qantas Wine Show WA 2014
92 POINTS | Huon Hooke
BRONZE MEDAL | Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2014

KERRIGAN + BERRY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 (previous vintage)

96 POINTS James Halliday Wine Companion 2014 Edition

95 POINTS Huon Hooke Sydney Morning Herald

KERRIGAN + BERRY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 (previous vintage)

95 POINTS James Halliday Wine Companion

OUTSTANDING Winewise by Lester Jesberg

94 POINTS Nick Stock Good Wine Guide

Best of the Best 2011 (only 9 wines selected) Winewise, Lester Jesberg

Awards

KERRIGAN + BERRY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009 (previous vintage)

BRONZE MEDAL

Cowra Wine Show 2013

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Hay Shed Hill White Label

G40 Riesling

2016

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G40 Riesling

2016

Tasting Notes

The Hay Shed Hill 'White Label' series highlights the great grape varieties of the world grown in a distinctively Australian vineyard setting.
Australia has forged an enviable reputation for making world class Riesling from several regions; most famously the Clare and Eden Valleys in South Australia and Mt Barker in Western Australia. In the main these wines are in the dry steely style. This Hay Shed Hill 'G40' Riesling Harks back to the great sweet Rieslings of the past with the G40 referring to

The Vintage: Great Southern Region
The 2016 vintage was influenced by a hot dry spring, which accelerated vine growth, and a mild summer with above average rainfall leading into an early autumn.

A very early budburst occurred in late August or early September for all varieties. A lack of cold fronts through early spring and the associated damaging winds saw vine growth accelerate through flowering and into early stages of veraison. Yields were much improved on the previous year though the aromatic whites such as riesling and sauvignon blanc were marginally lighter.
Heavy rain in late January and the early onset of cold night time temperatures slowed things down and gave the vines an opportunity for the flavours to really concentrate. The cold night temperatures were a feature of the white harvest, the benefit to fruit quality could be clearly seen.

The cold nights also helped the Mt Barker Riesling to achieve great results with a linear acid backbone and great limey citrus aromas.
The 2016 vintage will result in some magnificent wines from the Great Southern region.

The Wine: Youthful and bright with steely green hues the Hay Shed Hill 'G40' Riesling exhibits a wonderful lifted citrus blossom floral bouquet. The palate is bright and alive with zesty acidity providing the ideal foil for the sweetness of the grape sugars. The wine is light and wonderfully refreshing.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2016 | Growing Region: Mount Barker
Variety: Riesling 100% | Alcohol: 10% Alc Vol.

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Reviews

2015 Hay Shed Hill White Label G40 Riesling (previous vintage)

93 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette

Spitoons aren't really needed when tasting wines such as this, it's so easy to swallow. (Why does that bring a naughty limerick to mind?) Perfect balance, but the fresh, zesty finish is the key. Lime in a tall glass with ice blocks.

2014 Hay Shed Hill White Label G40 Riesling (previous vintage)

96 POINTS | James Halliday

The G40 name heralds 40g/l of residual sugar in the wine; the remarkable feature of this riesling is the way that crunchy/rocky acidity is as obvious as the sweetness, the fruit in a lime, grapefruit and green apple spectrum standing proudly above the residual sugar and total acidity. Is earmarked for greatness in 10 years' time.

Awards

BRONZE MEDAL | International Riesling Challenge 2014

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Hay Shed Hill White Label

Grenache

2015

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Grenache

2015

Tasting 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 realized 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: The grapes were de-stemmed and fermented in open vessels with extensive pump over cap management to aid colour and flavour extraction as well as optimize the tannin development. The wine was pressed off skins and matured in French oak barriques, approximately one third new oak with the balance one and two year old for about 15 months

APPEARANCE: Medium density red hues.

NOSE: Savoury elements typical of this variety with some spicy meaty characters in a bouquet of great complexity.

PALATE: A dry earthy palate with savoury flavours and a dry richly textured finish. Medium weight this wine typifies the southern European styles of wine with the emphasis on the textural components rather than overt fruitiness. The fruit expression is more reminiscent of spices and herbs rather than the berry and plum components of most traditional Australian red wines.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2014

Growing Region: Margaret River

Variety: Grenache 100%

Alcohol: 14.0% Alc Vol.

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92 Points - James Halliday

Good colour for grenache; part of an exploration of world varieties transplanted to Margaret River; very likely sourced from Happs' Three Hills Vineyard at Karridale planted in 94, 10 years in front of its time. Fresh flavours of raspberry and blackberry run through the elegant medium-bodied palate.

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Hay Shed Hill White Label

Malbec

2015

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Malbec

2015

Tasting Notes

The Hay Shed Hill World Series wines highlight less well-known varieties in Australia, varieties from the old world finding a new expression of character. Famous as one of the traditional Bordeaux red grape varieties, Malbec is grown all over the world especially Argentina and now increasingly in Australia. Valued for its amazing depth of colour, generosity of fruit expression and fullness of flavour, Malbec has found the growing conditions of Margaret River ideally suited to producing full bodied wines of great depth and character - unsurprising considering the similar climatic conditions experienced by Bordeaux and Margaret River.

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: Hand harvested, open fermented (with 10% whole bunches) and hand plunged for 8 to 12 days in one and two tonne open fermenters then gently pressed off to finish fermentation. The finished wine was put to 100% French oak barriques for 12 - 15 months maturation.

COLOUR: Dark, deep purple in colour and has a brooding and perfumed bouquet.

PALATE: The palate is rich, layered and textured - really fills the mouth with its immense power and weight, but retains its finesse with long, soft integrated tannins. This wine will cellar and improve for 8 - 10 years, but equally appeals as an immediate drink.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Vintage: 2015 | Growing Region: Margaret River
Variety: Malbec 100% | Alcohol: 14.0% Alc Vol.

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2014 Hay Shed Hill White Label Malbec

Gold Medal - Wine Show of WA 2016

2014 Hay Shed Hill White Label Malbec (previous vintage)

94 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette

It feels effortless and firm simultaneously, no mean feat. This is a 'thinking person's red', in the best sense of the words. Long chains of integrated tannin, smoke and ferrous nuances, berried fruits, herbs. It cuts its own path, and it's a rewarding one to follow.

2013 Hay Shed Hill White Label Malbec (previous vintage)

94 Points - James Halliday

In the 'World Series' range, but shows what is already known: with the exception of Wendouree and the occasional Langhorne Creek malbec, Margaret River has the game sewn up with malbec. It has the line and length that eludes most Australian malbecs, with blackberry/currant fruits striking an elegant pose.

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Hay Shed Hill White Label

Sangiovese

2015

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Sangiovese

2015

Tasting Notes

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.

The growing season really starts in September/October of the year before. In the late part of 2014, in October particularly, we experienced some of the wildest windiest weather for decades, unfortunately just when a number of grape varieties were flowering, and it is these flowers that when set become berries. The spring of 2014 was 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. Easy conditions that produced very excellent quality white grapes but in quantities well below expectations.

WINEMAKING: The Sangiovese grapes were de-stemmed and fermented in open vessels with extensive pump-over cap management to aid colour and flavour extraction and optimize tannin development. The wine was pressed off skins and matured in old French oak barriques, for about five months, to ensure the light fruity style of the wine did not become dominated by oak intensity.

COLOUR: Brilliant translucent cherry hues.

NOSE: The nose is dominated by the red fruit spectrum - cherries, strawberries, roses, red fruits and just a hint of spice.

PALATE: A light dry palate with plenty of red fruit flavours and a fine tannin structure. Light-bodied, this wine typifies the Chianti wines so loved for their ability to pair with Italian foods and lighter food styles. The wine has medium-high acidity, with an emphasis on mid-palate fruit flavours, and good extension from the finish.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2015 | Growing Region: Margaret River
Variety: Sangiovese 100% | Alcohol: 15.0% Alc Vol.

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White Label

Merlot

2014

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Merlot

2014

Tasting Notes

The Hay Shed Hill White Label wines highlight great grape varieties of the world grown in the distinctively Australian setting of Margaret River.

In this wine the controversial Merlot, at its best one of the great wine varieties of the world. This old vine, dry grown, low yielding Merlot from the old Hay Shed Hill vineyard demonstrate Merlot at its best with full ripe berry fruit expression and a fleshy generous palate with the varietal signature softness of finish.

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 realized 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. In many respects the 2014 vintage was a throwback to the 1990's with many vineyards going all the way through to the end of April. No early fishing trips for grape growers in 2014.
I believe that the red varieties 2014 may prove to be the best of a pretty good run of vintages when all the dust settles and the wines are first tasted in two years time.

WINEMAKING:

COLOUR:

PALATE:

TECHNICAL INFORMATION:
Vintage: 2014 | Growing Region: Margaret River
Variety: Merlot 100% | Alcohol: 14.0% Alc Vol.

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2014 Hay Shed HIll White Label Merlot

93 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

Excellent merlot. Made to be cellared over the medium term at least. Pencils, mulberry, dried herb and general bay leaf characters. It strikes up a conversation, engaging your interest, then politely suggests that you come back later.

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Pitchfork

Pink

2016

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Pink

2016

Tasting Notes

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 fertilized 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.

March was mild, with perhaps only three days of intense heat, ideal conditions for the development of the red grapes, with harvesting beginning middle of March through to the middle of April. The weather broke in late April but by then the vast majority of reds had been harvested. Good colours, ripe aromas and flavours and good structural tannins across all red varieties.
Another great vintage for Margaret River.

WINEMAKING: With minimal skin contact the wine exhibits a light bright appearance with colour in the salmon pink spectrum. Fermentation to almost dry has produced a clean and refreshingly lively palate. There is just the hint of savoury texture indicating its origins of quality red grapes.

The 2016 Pitchfork Pink is a great example of modern Australian rose, light years away from the dark ruby red, sweet and heavy examples of the past.

COLOUR: Bright and clear salmon pink hues.

NOSE: The wine is clean, fresh and has an inviting berry fruit nose. Aromas of vanilla bean ice-cream and fresh strawberries.

PALATE: The palate is fresh and lively with rich juicy red fruit characters. Lingering fruit flavours carry through the palate which finishes with just a hint of red wine texture. The perfect wine to enjoy on a spring or summers day.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
VINTAGE: 2016
ALCOHOL: 13.0% growing region: Margaret River

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PITCHFORK PINK 2015

92 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 | Special Value rosette

Made from early picked cabernet sauvignon, and absolutely none the worse for that. Pale salmon-pink; a fragrant red berry-accented bouquet guides the way to a palate that has a beguiling texture, joining redcurrant with a gently savoury twist. The low alcohol is a distinct plus, the finish long and precise.

PITCHFORK PINK 2012 (previous vintage)

92 Points - James Halliday

PITCHFORK PINK 2011 (previous vintage)

92 POIONTS by James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Feb/March 2012
3 STARTS - Winestate Magazine Best of the West Tasting May/June 2012

Cute little devil of a wine, iridescent cerise, stewed red cherries, confection candy to close but dry...with chicken quesadillas. By Jeni Port.

Awards

Bronze Medal

Cowra Wine Show 2013

PITCHFORK PINK 2012 (previous vintage)

Silver Medal

Margaret River Wine Show 2012

PITCHFORK PINK 2011 (previous vintage)

Silver Medal

Margaret River Wine Show 2011

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