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. The Chardonnay sees 25% new oak and represents the `modern Australian Chardonnay`, in the words of its maker. Fun fact. There is a higher annual rainfall in Margaret River than in London!
95 Points James Halliday.
Estate-grown. The bouquet is very pure, pointing to the restraint of the palate, where white stone fruit, apple and grapefruit do the talking. It was barrel-fermented, which has left its imprint on both the bouquet and palate. The way the wine has developed to date makes me certain it will grow old with grace a long way down the track. Great value.
93 Points Ray Jordan, Wine Guide 2020.
92 Points Sam Kim, Wine Orbit.
91 Points James Suckling.
This has an array of lemons, lime juice, pears and melon with quite a fine, pared-back and taut textural stance.