2017 Mount Pleasant Rosehill Vineyard 1946 Vines Shiraz

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Wonderfully floral, classically light-framed, this is a Hunter delight from the historic Rosehill vineyard.

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The Rosehill vineyard was planted by Maurice O'Shea in 1946 with cuttings from the 1880 Old Hill vineyard, so this is Hunter heritage writ large.

This single site has a great track record of aromatic, long-lived Shiraz that are suggestive rather bombastic, with bright red fruits and great purity.

About 20% whole bunch went into the wine, which was matured in French oak, some new, for just over a year. Possibly a recipe for big, sinewy Shiraz, however, this is delicately concentrated, light-footed and only gently tannic, and will only get silkier with age.

It was with a firm belief in regional definition, single vineyard wines and a thorough understanding of the Hunter Valley landscape, that the late Maurice O'Shea planted the famed 'Rosehill' vineyard in 1946. The block is home to a unique, yet truly regional expression of Shiraz, and is only made in exceptional years. Classically light to medium bodied, '1946 vines' is an exquisite wine of fragrance & red fruit purity. Though focused & intense, the palate has a lacy, almost filigree texture, resulting in a graceful wine of, seemingly, effortless charm.

Fresh dark red fruits with lovely spice and unique violets which can only come from this great vineyard. Intense and structural, classically medium bodied with lovely acidity and devastating length.

96 Points - "Red fruit, gentle earthiness and spice, was kind of grunty and firm when it was first open, and now it’s almost silky with succulent raspberry and lovely floral mouth-perfume, the tannin still thick and strong, but well buried and making its play on the long finish. There’s a beautiful evenness to this wine, it flows and charms, even though it’s a pretty muscular unit. Wonderful expression of site." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front, tasted Aug 2018)

95 Points - "Medium to deep red colour with a good purple tint. The aromas are fresh, fruit-driven and plummy, with a rich palate loaded with ample soft tannins, fine-grained texture and lovely balance. There are notes of graphite and coal-dust but the wine seems gently-oaked and very much a terroir wine." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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