|Region||Hunter Valley, NSW|
|Colour||Deep red with vibrant purple hues|
|Aroma||A complex and perfumed nose of ripe dark and red berry fruits coupled with florals and spice.|
|Palate||A unique palate with beautiful structure and impeccable length. The palate is rich in fruit, coupled with perfect acidity and balanced tannins, providing amazing length.|
|Growing Conditions||After 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/Maturation||The great Maurice O'Shea was the ultimate blender of wines, using different blocks or varieties to make the perfect wine. Using Pinot Noir and Shiraz was a brilliant blend which has been restored by the Mount Pleasant winemaking team. Hand-picked and destemmed to open top fermenters where it saw 13 days of cold soak and fermentation on skins. Gentle pressing to no more than 20% new large format French oak before blending and bottling 15 months later.|
|Acidity (TA)||6.2 g/L|
|Bottles per Case||6|
|Last Tasted Date||27-05-2016|
|Recommended Food Pairing||Corned Beef (silverside) with a white parsley sauce and mash potato|
The evocative front label and informative back label subliminally reflect the yin and yang of this blend: vibrant and juicy red fruits set against regional earthy / leather nuances. It all adds up to a medium-bodied wine with an urgency and thrust to its mouthfeel.’
Love a bit of Shiraz Pinot, but think it’s best left to the Hunter, for the most part. Medium bodied, and just so supple and slinky, it fairly glides through the mouth. There’s blackberry and raspberry, a subtle rosy perfume, spice, and just a little bass from the subtle earthy notes and nutty oak. Fine balance, clean minerally feeling acidity, and a very long finish, latticed with emery tannin. Pop it in a large Burgundy glass and let it unfurl. Seriously good wine of a singular character.
Maurice O'Shea is regarded by many as the founding father of the modern Australian wine industry. Upon his return from winemaking studies in France, and with the assistance of his mother Leontine, he purchased the original Mount Pleasant property in 1921. Over the next thirty years, a series of now legendary wines were released by Mount Pleasant, establishing the reputation of the lower Hunter Valley and inspiring future generations of Australian winemakers. Even more remarkably these iconic wines were created under very difficult conditions, with no access to electricity or modern winemaking techniques.
A master blender and visionary winemaker, often blending Shiraz with Pinot Noir and other varieties, Maurice created a succession of wines named after local landmarks, friends and relatives. In pride of place was a string of 1940s releases named in honour of his great friend and supporter Henri Renault. The 2014 Mount Pleasant Mount Henry was created with a focus on elegance and subtlety rather than sheer power. Bright and vibrant shiraz, selected for its supple mouth-feel and fine silky tannins is framed by the lifted aromatics and bright acidity of pinot noir. This beautifully poised wine will continue to gain character and complexity for many years.