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RegionHunter Valley, NSW
WinemakerJim Chatto
ColourIntense dark red brick with vibrant purple hues
AromaDark plum fruit with generous amounts of spices of cinnamon, black pepper, and a hint of licorice.
PalateDelicious dark fruits on the front palate with a silky mouthfeel giving excellent structure, balance and length. Nicely balanced acid with soft velvety tannins and excellent length.
Growing ConditionsAfter the hot dry end to 2013, near perfect January weather has resulted in an outstanding vintage of intensity and wonderful balance. The whites are pristine & pure, with great length & line while the flavour packed reds are showing early signs of a superb year in the Hunter Valley. The best red vintage in the last 50 years. The Mount Pleasant Shiraz quickly followed the Semillon, revealing tremendous colour and flavour from the onset. Both the ?Old Hill? (Planted 1880) and the ?Old Paddock? (planted 1921) being the stars off the estate. Rosehill Shiraz was last, but by no means least. Lovely perfume & spice coupled with fruit intensity & perfect structure, sees Rosehill vying for ?line honours? in a great vintage for Hunter Shiraz. Arguably, one of the greatest red vintages in living memory.
Vinification/MaturationSourced exclusively from the Mount Pleasant Estate, these younger vines are sheltered from the winds and sun from the Brokenback ranges and produce a slightly different spectrum of red fruits compared to the true darker fruits usually seen off the Estate. Machine harvested and destemmed to open top fermenters, cold soaked and fermented on skins for 12 days. Pressed to large format French oak at 25% new before blending and bottling after 15 months.
Acidity (TA)7.3 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date27-05-2016
Peak DrinkingBuilt to drink in the short to medium term but has the potential to age for greater than 20 years.
Recommended Food PairingPan-fried Lamb backstraps with beetroot and fetta salad
From three blocks of vines planted in ’02, relatively young for Mount Pleasant, matured 15 months in French puncheons (30% new). Clear colour; the highly expressive bouquet brings purple and black fruits into alignment with a sweet leather, earth and briar subtext, all adding up to Hunter Valley in giant neon letters. A beautiful medium-bodied Shiraz from a great vintage.
95 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2018
Ripe raspberry and blackberry, red earth, spice, pepper and aniseed. Medium bodied, bustling raspberry pip acidity, juicy and savoury at once, drag of tannin and clean lines, with a finish that will flesh out with a bit more bottle age. A little unevolved as yet, but a very good wine, typical of the region.
92+ points
Gary WalshThe Wine Front

The word ‘Paddock’ was often used by legendary winemaker Maurice O’Shea when naming his Hunter Valley vineyards and wines. And it’s from the high paddocks throughout the region that some of its best plantings can be found. This 2014 High Paddock Shiraz uses fruit from younger vines on Mount Pleasant Estate that are sheltered from the winds and sun by the Brokenback ranges and produce a slightly different spectrum of red fruits.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm


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