WESTERN AUSTRALIA - MARGARET RIVER REGION
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
VINTAGE 2014: 96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019
"Lays it all out there from the first sip - a wine of uncompromising power and style, owing as much to viticulture as winemaking. It does, however, do something unusual, with juicy cassis fruit becoming more obvious on continued retastings, tannins less so, it’s normally vice versa".
VINTAGE 2013: 94 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
VINTAGE 2012: 95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
VINTAGE 2011: 95 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
2014 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
COLOUR: Dense dark red to black colour of great intensity.
TASTING NOTES: Ripe berry aromas of great intensity with underlying dusty and earthy characters. There is depth to the nose indicating there are reserves of complex aromas yet to develop. The palate is substantial 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.