Hay Shed Hill winemaker and general manager, Michael Kerrigan is one of the most respected winemakers in Australia. Over 35 years’ experience puts Michael amongst the best winemakers in the country.
After excelling at winemaking studies at Rosewothy College in South Australia (he was Dux of his year), Michael spent thirteen vintages as the winemaker for Howard Park and Madfish wines making wine from grapes grown in virtually every wine region in Western Australia.
Michael received numerous accolades including nomination for Qantas Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year in 2003. Michael has been a senior judge numerous shows including regular positions at the Perth Royal Show and the Wine Show of Western Australia Mt Barker.
In late 2006 Michael and his partners, bought Hay Shed Hill in Margaret River. The opportunity to get involved with Hay Shed Hill was one that Michael could not let pass. “I knew the vineyard and always coveted the fruit, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to take ownership in a classic old pioneer vineyard in the elite of Margaret River but one which, for various reasons, had not quite realized it’s potential.”
From making wines from all over the South West of Western Australia Michael now is focused on single vineyard expression of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and Chardonnay in particular.