97 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Best of the Best by Variety in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion.
Dense dark red to black colour of great intensity.
The Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon displays ripe berry aromas of brilliant intensity with underlying earthen nature along with typical characters well noted from Margaret River. There is a depth here that is hard to fault, in fact its downright breathtaking. The palate itself is quite substantial, even by Western Australian standards; displaying fully ripe, fleshy sweet fruit filling the mid-palate with great palate extension driven by the ripe and mature tannin.
What a long, and strange vintage 2017 was. Every vintage is different; lessons learned from the previous year don’t always help the following year. 2017 vintage started late, two to three weeks later than the preceding couple of years. The reason for this was the mild, cool spring weather experienced all across the southern part of the state. During the middle and latter part of March the South-West region including Margaret River experienced a very unusual amount of rain and very cool weather, ripening over this period was very slow. The first suggestions of worry started to appear in growers eyes. Of recent history Margaret River has experienced very dry conditions in March and early April with the season breaking mid to late April, not a problem with all the grapes picked. But this year the concern was that if the season broke in mid-April all the red grapes would be still on the vine. However, anyone that lived though the late April and early May in the South-West of Western Australia will testify that never had we had a better, warmer early autumn. It was simply perfect; cool crisp mornings and evenings but beautiful warm and sunny days; not too hot, textbook conditions for great ripening especially for the red varieties.
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.
BLOCK 2 on the Hay Shed Hill vineyard was planted in the early 1970’s 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.
97 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2021 Best of the Best by Variety in the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion. Block 2 has the oldest vines on the vineyard, reflected in the depth of varietal fruit aroma and the palate. It has been singularly well made, drawing out the full array of blackcurrant, bay leaf and black olive fruits. The texture, structure and balance rest on ripe tannins, making a complete wine.
95 Points | Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine Magnificent wine here - power and grace, elegance and tension, super tannins and a suite of delicious berry, herbal, oak character woven wonderfully through the wine. It feels very ‘of region’ with its bay leaf herbal detail. Offer delicious, sweet but gently bitter cassis character, draws long and lingers well. Class Stuff.
92 Points | Nick Bulter, The Real Review Rated #21 of 33 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River Vibrant, dark cherry red. Charry oak, red and blueberries, a tease of cedar - a classic nose for the variety. Very dry and savoury when sipped, firm and imposing, black olive and dark soy. Built to reward a decade in the cellar. Plenty of class.
91 Points | James Suckling, UK Assertively herbal with mint, boysenberries and redcurrants, as well as cassis. The palate has a juicy feel, combined with some very ripe tannin. Compressed, dark-berry and cassis flavors. Drink or hold.
|Cultivar||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
14% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.5 units|
|Cellaring Potential||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.|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|