A fine chardonnay in a racy, Chablis-like style.
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 represent the best wines of from one of the oldest properties in the region.
Brilliant appearance, great clarity and the lightest of green hues.
The Block 6 Chardonnay has mineral aromatics with background savoury flinty notes. The fruit is in the fresh white pear spectrum with perhaps some citrus elements. 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.
The Hay Shed Hill vineyard is located in the Willyabrup Valley, the premier sub-region of the Margaret River Wine region. Only 5 Km from the Indian Ocean with an elevated aspect, the vineyard thus enjoys the benefit of the 'doctor' the well-known sea breeze that comes off the ocean each afternoon and cools down the vineyard giving the fruit a much cooler climate character than the latitude of the vineyard might suggest. The vineyard is hilly with several aspects ranging from steep south-facing slopes on which the best Chardonnay is located, to equally steep north-facing slopes where the best Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys the full face of the sun. The majority of the vineyard is dry grown producing small yields of outstanding fruit.
Hay Shed Hill is run by Michael Kerrigan, one of the most respected winemakers in Australia with over 30 years of winemaking experience. For him, the key is in the detail: "you quite simply visit the vineyard every day. I'm not interested in being epic, I just want to make wine I like to drink". He likens Margaret River's climate to "Bordeaux in a perfect year", and attributes the region's success to it's maritime climate, meaning a low diurnal range, very important in a country that is known for its temperature extremes! Everything under the Hay Shed Hill label is single-vineyard, which Michael explains: " I make single vineyard and single block wines because they express a particular character - otherwise what's the point?" All of the vines are dry farmed and made from free run juice only. The vineyards are around 20 years old and they are farmed organically, but without certification.
The Block 6 Chardonnay sees 30% new French oak and is elegant and restrained, yet vibrant and fresh. On the nose, mineral and savoury flinty notes with fresh white pear lead to a complex palate with great depth of flavour and texture.
96 Points | James Halliday, Wine Companion Special Value for money rating From the coolest block on the vineyard, free-run juice direct to French barrels (35% new), no mlf, no stirring, 11 months on lees. More restrained than most quality chardonnays from the Margaret River, Yarra Valley, etc.
95 Points | Huon Hooke, The Real Review The colour is a bright light-yellow and it has a lovely creamy, pear-like aroma with stony, flinty mineral overtones. It’s complex and racy; taut, refined and super-lively in the mouth. Lemony flavours rule. A fine chardonnay in a racy, Chablis-like style.
91 Points | James Suckling Attractive poached pears with a very pared-back feel to the palate that is driven with acidic cut and drive. Austere finish. Drink or hold.
13% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||9.75 units|
|Cellaring Potential||This wine can be drunk now but will benefit from medium-term cellaring|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Food Matches||White meats, Fish, Summer salads|