Stunning release. Firm, powerful, tannic and long.
About The Wine
The Old Paddock vineyard celebrates its 100th Birthday this year, and it's all been under the one name - Mount Pleasant. This was the first vineyard planted by Maurice O'Shea in 1921, enthused by wine school in France, persuading his mother to buy land in Pokolbin.
The fruit has a power and concentration not easily replicated in newer vine material. And yet it is carries the fruit depth with a sense of ease and flow. Though built for the cellar it is no hardship to drink a glass of this now.
Cherry, plum and some darker licorice/ graphite notes gently battle the forest floor/ earthy characters for olfactory supremacy. So much complexity and enjoyment, so much promise for the future.
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.