Mount Pleasant 1880 vines Old Hill Shiraz 2014

Availability: In stock

Regular Price: $140.00

Special Price $112.00

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Essendon

Progressively hand-picked with three passes through the vineyard, picking only the perfect bunches, destemmed and crushed to open fermenters for a brief cold soak, fermentation for 7 days, matured in large-format French oak (30% new) for 18 months. From the oldest vines in the Block range, and the lightest colour; ultra classic Hunter Valley shiraz with savoury/earthy/spicy undertones to the medium-bodied blue and black fruits of the palate, contributing as much to the structure and texture of the wine as to the flavour. HUON HOOKE

If you didn’t have the bucks to slip into the $135 ‘Block’ wines from Mount Pleasant, then I wouldn’t imagine you’ll feel disappointed should you purchase the Rosehill and/or Old Paddock & Old Hill from the same vintage instead, at near one third of the price. I don’t know if this is *better* than the 2014 Rosehill, as such, and I meant to open them alongside each other, but it’s different. Two fine expressions of Hunter Shiraz from a great vintage, regardless. I’m a Rosehill man myself, though the earthy scents of the back slopes of Mount Pleasant certainly set the old nostrils a twitchin’. Did any of that make any sense?
Black fruit, thin smear of raspberry jam, liquorice, earth and oyster shell, light creamy spiced oak. Medium bodied, fleshy and smooth, fine grained tannin plays the length of the field, red fruit, earthiness and plump sweetness of fruit carry it very long. There’s a plumpness and seduction here that’s unusual for Hunter Shiraz, though it’s just the makings of something that’s going to be very special twenty or so years down the track. Can’t recall a better OP & OH. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front 2014