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2017 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock Vineyard 1921 Vines Shiraz

Hunter Valley, NSW

Hundred year-old single vineyard Shiraz that clammers for a spot in a cool cellar. Restrained power, solid tannins, this a Hunter red for the ages.

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$135.00

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Stunning release. Firm, powerful, tannic and long.

Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

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.

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
Additional Info

From The Producer

Maurice O'Shea planted the Old Paddock vineyard when he took ownership of Mount Pleasant in 1921. These original Shiraz vines are now over 100 years old, and still produce exceptional fruit for this single vineyard wine.

A combination of black and red fruits with lovely supporting savoury and spice elements. Intense fruits linger effortlessly on the palate, supported by lovely acidity and a great tannin profile.

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
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"Stunning release. Firm, powerful, tannic and long. Spice notes aplenty, a roar of ripe cherry-plum fruit, graphite and wood smoke notes, a veneer of vanilla. There's no mucking about here; this announces itself from the outset and maintains commanding control throughout." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

95Points
The Wine Front

Old Paddock” and “Old Hill” are such good prosaic names aren’t they? I wonder when they became old? I ask myself the same question at whiles. Dark fruit, sweet earth, violet, spice and a kiss of vanilla oak here, it seems. It’s typical of its site, tending to that wonderful deep earthy character, richness, umami, plenty of grainy but ripe tannin, a sweetness and perfume coming through on a very long finish. You could say it encapsulates many of the best elements of Hunter Shiraz, and none of the bad ones." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Delivery

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