|Region||Hunter Valley, NSW|
|Aroma||Fresh red and black berries coupled with spice and hints of blue fruits.|
|Palate||An intense palate of fresh fruits with a beautifully fine tannin structure. Classically medium bodied, exhibiting true Hunter regionality with its perfectly balanced acidity and impeccable 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||Crushed into a combination of open top and static fermenters. Following a gentle 3 day pre-fermentation cold soak, the wines were inoculated with cultured yeast. Colour & tannin were extracted from the skins by a combination of plunging and pumping-over for a period of up to 10 days. After pressing, the wines were transferred to a combination of stainless steel tanks, to give freshness, and oak barrels, 10% new to give richness & complexity, for a maturation period of 12 months. Once optimum maturation was obtained the parcels were blended and prepared for bottling.|
|Acidity (TA)||7.3 g/L|
|Bottles per Case||6|
|Last Tasted Date||22-06-2016|
|Recommended Food Pairing||Carpet bag steak with scallop potatoes|
This great-value Mount Pleasant 2014 Philip Shiraz has 13.5% alcohol and is deep purple with berry pastille aromas. The front palate has spicy blackberry flavour, followed by plum, black pepper, cloves and savoury oak on the middle palate and minty tannins at the finish. It's at the Pokolbin winery, mountpleasantwines.com.au and shops.
Bright, full colour; a far cry from the Philip of prior years and decades, medium-bodied, but with a depth of dark berry fruits, firm but balanced tannins and a complementary touch of oak. From start to finish reflects the region and the vintage.
Inspired by the first visit of a reigning monarch to Australia in 1954, Mount Pleasant Philip Shiraz is the personification of a distinguished family history dating back more than 130 years. Made in an authentic Hunter Shiraz style, this complex wine is crafted from small parcels cultivated in Australia’s most premium wine regions. It is medium bodied and generous with an attractive palate of fresh fruits and exhibiting the hallmarks of Hunter Valley regionality.