2018 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot

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2018 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot
2018 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot
2018 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot
2018 Pitchfork Cabernet Merlot

Tasting Notes


Vibrant youthful red hues of good depth.


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


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


We have worked with Michael Kerrigan for more than 25 years, and we are continually impressed with his talent and capacity for reinvention. Former winemaker at Howard Park and Madfish, Michael struck out on his own when his dream vineyards in the key quality region of Wilyabrup came up for sale. With more than 30 years of winemaking under his belt, and 12 years going solo with Hay Shed Hill, this man is one of the most experienced, respected and revered winemakers in Australia - and rightly so.

He is also a strong purveyor of classically blunt Aussie pearls of wisdom: “It’s all 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 its maritime climate, meaning a low diurnal range, very important in a country that is known for its extremes in temperature, and pretty much everything else!

Michael produces wines under two labels - the entry-level ‘Pitchfork’ range and the estate, single vineyard ‘Hay Shed Hill’ wines. The Pitchfork range represents unprecedentedly good value considering that all of the grapes are grown in Margaret River – very unusual for a wine at the entry-level from this region, and yet another example of Michael’s commitment to quality over all else. There are 4 lip-smackingly good, everyday wines in this range. 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 all farmed organically, but without certification. 


Year 2018
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Country Australia
Alcohol content
14.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type Red Blend
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Margaret River
Appellation Western Australia