A beautifully smooth and seamlessly structured wine from this excellent variety. Has a floral fruit influence and nicely applied oak working in with fine chalky tannins. Lovely texture and mouth feel that complements the excellent persistence and length.
A balanced and polished expression of Margaret River cabernet sauvignon. A mix of red and black fruit on the nose with a certain tobacco leaf and dark chocolate subtlety. The palate is the real strength here with its grainy tannin showing a subtle iron filings minerality with blackcurrant dominance and some nice savoury oak. A wine for now or cellaring. Great potential at this price.
This consistently excellent blended white from some of the oldest vines in Wilyabrup gets just a little oak and it makes all the difference. It’s a lightly framed wine but it still packs a punch. Bright fresh and lively in the mouth. It is ideal now as an aperitif but with a little age it will develop more complexity on what is already a very complex palate.
Perfectly crafted chardonnay displaying a beautiful mix of white peach and nectarine on the nose leading into a bright and vital palate of deep fruit penetration and persistence. Has a nice pear and melon grapefruit character with that light stone fruit adding some substance. Ideal wine for the short term.
Such poise and restraint in this excellent chardonnay from old vines in the heart of Wilyabrup. Beautiful crunchy minerality is evident throughout. The nectarine and grapefruit with a little edge of cereal richness provides a delightful opening on the nose. The light bodied palate gradually builds towards a precise driving finish.
Such a well-managed wine from the excellent fruit through to the astute winemaking to bring out its best. Abundant blackcurrant and chocolatey plummy characters on the nose with a twist of orange rind. The palate is superb with a subtle graphite thread, firm fine tannins and beautiful fine grained oak. A little savouriness and plenty of deep intensity. A wine with plenty in the tank.
Pitchfork cabernet merlot 2013 ($17)
A juicy and flavoursome fruit-driven young blend. Lots of ripe plummy blackcurrant fruit sweetness with a dab of controlling structural oak. The supple tannins add a little to the palate. Well managed and delicious for current drinking.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 3 years
Hay Shed Hill chardonnay 2014 ($28)
Like this wine a lot. It shows that beautiful minerally grapefruit characters on the nose with a trace of cereal complexity. Winemaker Michael Kerrigan has crafted a terrific palate with 11 months in French oak complementing the lively linear qualities of the fruit. Excellent quality for the price.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 7 years
Hay Shed Hill Block 1 semillon sauvignon blanc 2014 ($30)
These old vines from Hay Shed pump some high-class fruit into this excellent take on the style. Kerrigan uses a small amount of oak to add some complexity and structural interest, but the fruit is still the dominant feature. Fine and keenly balanced with a persistent herbaceous finish with a splash of citrus.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 8 years
Hay Shed Hill cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($28)
Plenty of punchy blackcurrant cabernet in this first-rate wine from this first-rate vintage. There’s power but there’s elegance and style in a wine that captures the fruit intensity and concentration of the Wilyabrup region.
SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years
Hay Shed Hill Block 2 cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($55)
This was a very good vintage in Margaret River and this wine is ample evidence of how good. The ripe berry fruit has huge concentration and intensity. The oak is well managed and the grainy tannins add some structural integrity. A supremely polished example of Wilyabrup cabernet.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 15 years
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