2018 Mount Pleasant OP&OH Vineyard Shiraz

Hunter Valley, NSW

Truly old vine Hunter Shiraz, a wine of rich heritage and richer flavours.



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All things considered this is a bit of a steal. The history, the class in the bottle, the potential longevity, the importance.

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About The Wine

OP is Old Paddock and OH is Old Hill, vineyards planted in 1921 and 1880 respectively. So we can genuinely call them old.

This a bolder, richer wine than some other Mount Pleasant reds, with such great intensity, power and earthiness. But it is not ripe, syrupy power, it is more a savoury depth caressed by tight, grippy tannins that you could see melting into each other as the years go by. Too much poetry but this is an inspirational wine!

Please grab a bottle or two for the cellar. You'll thank us down the track.

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

First planted by Maurice O'Shea in 1921, the Old Paddock vineyard enjoys an elevated easterly aspect overlooking Mount Pleasant estate and some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world. Fruit from these low-yielding vines is blended with shiraz from the nearby Old Hill vineyard, first planted in 1880, to deliver a complex, brooding wine, rich in character and steeped in heritage. This distinguished partnership between these two highly celebrated vineyard sites, the Old Paddock and Old Hill vineyards deliver a small parcel of just 10 hectares of old gnarly shiraz vines. Planted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these vines have buried their roots deep into the ancient volcanic soil of the site.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14%
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

Halliday Wine Companion

"All things considered this is a bit of a steal. The history, the class in the bottle, the potential longevity, the importance. It's a beautiful medium weight red wine. It tastes of musk, earth, peppercorn and ripe red/black cherries. It has vigour and momentum, yet it feels settled and controlled. It sings through the finish. It doesn't put a foot wrong." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Deep, bright colour; the bouquet fragrant, floral and red fruited, with hints of violet. The palate is rich and deep but also soft and accessible, charming and relatively open-knit for a young Shiraz from this maker. There's abundant spice in the aroma and flavour and lively acidity energises the medium to full-bodied palate. Tannins are fine and supple but insistent. Lovely wine." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

The Wine Front

"Earthy, plum and liquorice, toasty and spicy cedar oak in support. It’s deep and spicy, grainy tannin, savoury and earthy, throbbing with dark old vine hillside power, boysenberry and almost cranberry acidity pulsing on a long and tannic finish. It’s a wine of gravel and gravitas. The best is yet to come." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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Very nice Hunter shiraz

Very balanced wine. My favourite in this price range!

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