The 2014 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.

Growing Conditions

Margaret River has experienced an unprecedented sequence of outstanding vintages – all with
their own twists and turns but all of the highest quality. 2014 will prove to be another highlight in this run, but
with a profound difference that may not be realized for several years.
The 2014 vintage commenced in a very similar vein to the last three vintages with hot and dry conditions in
January and February. In contrast, however to recent vintages the season cooled considerably in March leading
to a long and extended ripening for the red varieties. In fact the harvest of Cabernet at Hay Shed Hill was two
to three weeks later than the previous four vintages with warm days, cool nights and a total absence of rainfall
providing a slow and steady ripening rather than a rapid accumulation of sugar and allowing all the colour and
flavour components to develop.


The grapes from Block 2 were de-stemmed into open topped vessels for fermentation on
skins with traditional pump over cap management. At the completion of fermentation the wine was left on skins
for a further 10 days to maximize the development of the mature tannin. Maturation in French oak barriques for
18 months added further complexity and structure without dominating the fruit. The wine was matured in bottle
for six months prior to release.


This 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.


Dense dark red to black colour of great intensity.