Hay Shed Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, Australia
The color is dark red to black, with great intensity. While the aroma brings an intense, rich bouquet led by ripe cassis and berry fruits. Behind the primary fruit are distinctive vineyard characters of dark chocolate and mint. On the palate, this vineyard consistently produces intense, fleshy and full mid-palate Cabernet with massive fruit weight displaying dark cherry and blackcurrant flavors. This is a big full wine with ample flavor and concentration.
Wine Enthusiast - "A relatively full-bodied Margaret River Cabernet, Hay Shed Hill's 2008 displays aromas of mint, cassis and smoke alongside fully ripe flavors of cassis and chocolate. The tannins are firm and a bit drying on the finish, but the chocolatey richness of the fruit shows through. Drink 2013-2020.
Australian Wine Companion - "Strong/deep colour; pure blackcurrant-accented fruit on both bouquet and palate does the work; the tannins are fine and soft, the French oak light, despite 18 months maturation."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a tiny amount of Petit Verdot and aged 13 months in French oak, 20% new. Possessing a deep garnet-purple color it gives aromas of minty cassis with a touch of dark chocolate and cardamom. Medium to high acid and a medium level of very fine tannins compose a good backbone for the concentrated full body. The finish is long and minty. Consider drinking it now though it’ll undoubtedly fan-out in a year or two and continue to 2018+. "
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Hay Shed Hill Winery
Michael Kerrigan, formally the Chief Winemaker of Howard Park and MadFish Wines for the previous 12 years and a small group of partners took over the Hay Shed Hill vineyard and brands just before Christmas 2006.
"I knew the Hay Shed Hill vineyard and its potential could not pass up an opportunity to be part of such an exciting winery that is producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wines as good as or better than any wine producer in Margaret River – and that means world class wine.
I believe that small, old, hands-on vineyards and wineries like Hay Shed Hill need to be owned and run by winemakers and grape growers; people who are attached to the land and the place and wish to express its character through the wine."
In a highly corporatized wine world we've seen highly visual wine companies 'huff & puff' with huge volume expectations with more press in the business news than favorable reviews in the wine columns. In the end corporations shouldn't run boutique wine businesses. View all Hay Shed Hill Wines
About Margaret RiverView a map of Margaret River wineries Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. Other varieties that have found results are Chardonnay & Riesling.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.