Block 2 on the Hay Shed Hill vineyard was planted in 1975 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.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Block 2 has the oldest vines on the property, the north-facing slope and gravelly soil sustain the dry-grown vines. A distinguished cabernet with excellent colour, clear varietal definition coming through strongly on both the bouquet and palate, blackcurrant, bay leaf and earth drive through without missing a beat, quality oak and austere cabernet tannins providing the back-palate and emphatic finish. Demands, and will richly repay, extended cellaring. Rating 95 Drink by 2036, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2014)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2011 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense blood red with a dark centre.
The wine displays ripe berry aromas of great intensity with underlying dusty and earthy characters typical of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. There is depth to the nose indicating there are reserves of complex aromas yet to develop and be exhibited in the wine.
The palate is substantial – this is a big wine by Western Australian standards with intense and fully ripe, fleshy sweet fruit filling the mid palate with great palate extension driven by the ripe and mature tannin. The mouthfeel is robust but the tannins are smooth.
The 2011 Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon 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.