Halliday Day: Week 10 – Hay Shed Hill Wines

Hi everyone,

Hay Shed Hill Winery is located in Margaret River near the Chocolate Factory. Rated a solid 5 starts by James Halliday, and owned by wine maker Michael Kerrigan since 2006 (in a co-ownership with West Cape Howe Wines) who previously worked for Howard Park Winery.

Hay Shed Hill Winery has 3 different labels. Their basic range is called Pitchfork and their Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Merlot is available at Liquorland but the range also includes a Rose, Chardonnay, Late Harvest White, and Shiraz. Their Premium line consists of a ‘Block Series’ which consists of ‘Block 1’ Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Block 6’ Chardonnay, ‘Block 2’ Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘Block 8’ Cabernet Franc and ‘Block 10’ Petit Verdot. The last label is one which is a collaboration with West Cape Howe wine maker Gavin Berry which consists of a Great Southern Riesling and a Cabernet Sauvignon which is a combination of Margaret River and Great Southern grapes.

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I’ve had a meal at the onsite cafe at Hay Shed Hill Winery last summer and it made for such a relaxing afternoon! I ended up sharing their venison chorizo pizza, 4 cheeses pizza, beer batter chips, and a green salad with two others along with a bottle of Kerrigan and Berry’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. It was this meal which made me end up leaving Hay Shed Hill Wines with a box of wines including some of the 2008 Kerrigan and Berry Cabernet Sauvignon, which I have unfortunately already consumed.

I also had the chance while at the cafe to visit their cellar door and this winery was the first time I was exposed to some uncommon grape varietals. I sampled Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc for the first time. The staff who ran the cellar door at this time were inviting and friendly to talk to, it was a pleasure to have met them.

If you’re in the area I highly recommend this winery not only for their wines but also for their uncomplicated but delicious food!

Until next time!

Wild Poppy Cafe, Fremantle

Hi everyone,

This post is quite a belated one. I almost forgot that I had not yet reviewed my breakfast at Wild Poppy’s Cafe that I had with a friend a bit over a month ago. My friend had a Latte and a muffin of the day (sorry I did not grab a photo of her breakfast). I had a pot of Melbourne Breakfast tea and an omelette with chorizo, feta and spinach.

Omelette with chorizo, feta and spinach.

Omelette with chorizo, feta and spinach.

The omelette was a little watery and the bread was tough to cut through however it was nice chorizo and a good combination of flavour. Not saying that this was a terrible meal but it was disappointing for me. I do not think I would return to this item on the menu, there were many other items that looked interesting both on the counter and on the menu for me to try at Wild Poppy before returning to the omelette.

Cute teapot cosies.

Cute teapot cosy and china.

The tea was sweet enough without needing any sugar, not that I have it in my tea any more. Melbourne Breakfast was described on the menu as having vanilla and honey tones and boy did it deliver on those! This is a tea that I will happily return to, especially on a cold winter morning! And as for the tea pot cosy and the china cup – I’m a big fan!

Overall the atmosphere of the cafe was nice and laid back for a saturday morning, a perfect location to catch up with an old friend. Will be back for sure!

Until next time!

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