Luscious dark plums and black cherries are complemented by silky chocolate and subtle notes of sweet spice and toasty oak. An elegant red, this wine has charm by the bottle load. 90 points James Halliday
Vibrant youthful brilliant hue of good depth.
Ripe cherry and plum fruits with chocolaty influences.
The palate displays good depth of fruit concentration, ripe sweet fruit fleshiness in the mid-palate and good flavour extension.
We have worked with Michael Kerrigan for more than 25 years, and we are continually impressed with his talent and capacity for reinvention. The 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.
92 Points | Ray Jordan Top 100 Reds 2020
One of the best examples of this variety in the under $20 area. Intense cherry and plum fruit with hints of spice and black pepper strike immediately. Cleverly balanced. Exceptional value here.
90 Points | James Halliday Wine Companion 2021 Special Value for Money Rating From several Margaret River vineyards in Wilyabrup, open-fermented and matured in a mix of used French barriques and tanks with French oak staves, and microoxygenation. Impressive colour, quality likewise.
88 Points | James Suckling UK Peppery red berries and spicy oak intermingle nicely here in an approachable, lively, mid-weight red. Drink now. Screw cap.
14% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.9 units|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Features||Vegan and Vegetarian|