2018 Mount Pleasant Old Hill Vineyard 1880 Vines Shiraz

Hunter Valley, NSW

The pinnacle of single vineyard Hunter Shiraz, from a vineyard planted in Victorian times. Astonishingly deep and characterful. 97 Points Halliday.



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An amazing wine - profound, seemingly with immense potential. Great stuff.

Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

About The Wine

OH is the OG Mount Pleasant vineyard, planted in 1880 by an Englishman of great foresight, Charles King. The Old Hill site continues to produce exceptional quality Shiraz in very low quantities.

An awesome release of extreme complexity, the aromas flitting around like a butterfly from brown spices to earthy tones, to dark plum and chocolate covered cherries.

The palate is polished and pure rather than rustic. It's not Barossa glossy, more Hunter high-toned, with great balance and a straight down the fairway finish.

What a wine.

About Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is one of the most iconic names in Australian wine history, and a beacon for lovers of cellarworthy Hunter Valley Semillon and Shiraz.

The winery was established in 1921 by the legendary Maurice O’Shea, regarded as a true Australian pioneer of table wine. After studying oenology in France he persuaded his mother to buy land in the Hunter, including vineyards planted by Englishman Charles King back in 1880 - and named his new estate Mount Pleasant.

The Griffith-based McWilliam family got involved with Mount Pleasant, and took full ownership in 1941, a partnership which lasted until 2020.

Now under invigorating new ownership, chief winemaker Adrian Sparks (just their fifth head winemaker ever) leads the way into the second century of Mount Pleasant.

Adrian Sparks, just the fifth Chief Winemaker in Mount Pleasant
Adrian Sparks, just the fifth Chief Winemaker in Mount Pleasant's history
Hunter Valley, NSW
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From The Producer

Planted in 1880 by Charles King, the 'Old Hill' or 'O.H' vineyard has produced some of the Hunter Valley's greatest red wines. Legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea first made wine from the 'Old Hill' in the 1920's & 1930's. These early wines are still regarded as some of the greatest Australian wines of all time.

Spice and berries complimented by intense fruit. Classic Old Hill length and intensity. Ripe red fruits finishing with seamless Old Vine tannin.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2045

The Old Hill vineyard, planted 1880
The Old Hill vineyard, planted 1880
Hunter Valley, NSW
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Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Old Hill, it certainly is, yet not over the hill.It's a wine of almost painful crunch and intensity, but in the mose pleasurable way; it's a fine line, for sure. Red fruits, bramble, earth, violet perfume, maybe even a bit of praline. Cranberry acidity, grip of fine tannin, old vines eeking out minerality, soil to grape, to winery, to you. Feels like a direct transmission. Feels like the essence of a great old vineyard. The length near as long as 140 years. Respect." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

The Real Review

"Deep, brooding dried herb aroma, earthy and mysterious with hints of spice and ironstone. Full bodied, concentrated, rich and driving. The wine is not heavy, indeed, it's barely full-bodied and it retains elegance, notwithstanding the substantial sheen of fine-grained tannins. An amazing wine - profound, seemingly with immense potential. Great stuff." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Halliday Wine Companion

"This is a wine of ascetic, aptly reductive tension. Eking out visceral pleasure over the cerebral is a challenge right now. But it is often the way with youthful wine this good. The transparent, fine-boned, chalky and tensile structural pillars serve a path into a bright future. For now think lilac, cherry pip, bergamot and crunchy red berries. Wonderful chewy length. Expands. A truly excellent wine. Takes time to calibrate to its elastic cadence. Somehow reminiscent of fine youthful Burgundy." - Ned Goodwin (Halliday Wine Companion)

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Beautiful old vine Hunter Shiraz from a historic vineyard. I love the Hunter style, it’s an explosion of flavour with great structure and density. This will age beautifully if you can keep your hands off it. Exceptional.

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