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2017 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz

2017 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz

$47.99 Per Bottle

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$44.99 (Buy 6 or More)

14.0%
Cellar to 2035
Screw Cap
Hunter Valley
2017
750ml
2017 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz has a rating of 4.0 stars based on 1 reviews.
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$47.99
14.0%
Cellar to 2035
Screw Cap
Hunter Valley
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Those familiar with the Mount Pleasant range will know just how good the OP & OH wines can be. The 2017 is superlative in every way, picking up a swag of awards - Gold medals at the Hunter Valley Wine Show, and Wine of the Year at the NSW Wine Awards. Serious stuff, indeed. At this price it's an absolute no-brainer.

    First planted by Maurice O'Shea in 1921, the Old Paddock vineyard enjoys an elevated easterly aspect overlooking Mount Pleasant estate and some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world. Fruit from these low-yielding vines is blended with shiraz from the nearby Old Hill vineyard, first planted in 1880, to deliver a complex, brooding wine, rich in character and steeped in heritage. This distinguished partnership between these two highly celebrated vineyard sites, the Old Paddock and Old Hill vineyards deliver a small parcel of just 10 hectares of old gnarly shiraz vines. Planted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these vines have buried their roots deep into the ancient volcanic soil of the site.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • An excellent year in the Hunter Valley. Dry throughout the growing season, the vineyards burst early but a cool spring slowed the growth periods, meaning ripening was around 2-3 weeks later than usual. December saw warm weather with average rainfall allowing for healthy and clean canopies giving excellent ripening conditions. January and February saw significantly lower than average rainfall conditions which meant ripening was even and let the team have the ability to pick fruit at its optimum ripeness.

    The separate parcels of Old Hill and Old Paddock were picked and crushed to open top fermenters. A short cold soak of 72 hours followed by inoculation with pump overs occurring three times a day. Pressed off at dryness to tank where the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked to a combination of small and large format oak, with around 35% new French oak being used. The wine was blended after 12 months and bottled.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Intense aromas of black and red fruit are the touchstone of this classic wine from Mount Pleasant, with beautiful spice and oak supporting. All characters are integrated together to form a superb Hunter wine obtained from such a great vintage. The palate shows dense fruit flavours and blackberries, plum and mulberry. This intense and long palate is structural and rich, with fruit providing a wonderful framework for the oak to sit under.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • McWilliams Mount Pleasant has a long and proud history in the Hunter Valley with some of the earliest vines planted in the region. The property was first used for viticulture by English immigrant Charles King whom settled there in 1880, when he planted the Old Hill vineyard. In 1921 legendary winemaker Maurice O' Shea, after which the top Mount Pleasant Shiraz is named, bought the property from King and extended it before naming his vineyards Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant was acquired in full by the Griffith-based McWilliams family in 1941, but O' Shea was kept on as Chief Winemaker. The story of O’Shea is particularly memorable as he managed to craft supreme expressions of Hunter Valley red wines without modern winemaking tools, and in what was at the time a largely unheralded region. Some of his vintages from the 1940’s and 1950’s are still drinking well to this day. O’Shea was also responsible for planting two great additional sites, those being the Lovedale Semillon vineyard on sandy soils at the base of Lovedale Road and the Rosehill Vineyard on Volcanic soils on the Broke Road. Mount Pleasant primarily specializes in two varietals – those being Semillon and Shiraz. For the Semillons, the Lovedale is their finest expression, and one of the best and most long lived in the Hunter Valley. Beneath that are the Phil Ryan Signature and old favourite Elizabeth. For Shiraz, the Maurice O’Shea resides at the top of the quality tree below which are the single vineyard Old Paddock and Old Hill, Rosehill Shiraz with the Phillip always well priced and usually sourced solely from the Hunter Valley.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    The east-facing Old Paddock was planted in 1920 and the Old Hill first planted in 1880. 3 days cold soak, 3% whole bunches, matured for 12 months in French oak (25% new). Here the fusion of predominantly black fruits with the red soils impossible to question or better, fantastic tannins a further highlight. Bargain.

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Deep, youthful red/purple colour with a smoky, mineral, sooty and dark chocolate bouquet, with a faint overtone of smoky sulfides. The wine is medium to full-bodied and elegant, as well as concentrated and fleshy. A delicious wine in a more elegant caste.

    95 POINTS

    GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT


    One of the few remaining Mount Pleasant wines that sees some new small format oak, though I’d suggest the usage here is a long way from being excessive. The consensus at the winery seems to be that the ‘Estate’ wines really shone in 2017. I’d not argue. Dark fruit, boysenberry, pepper, hazelnut, liquorice, that distinct hillside earthiness, and sensible vanilla oak in support. Medium to full-bodied, deep in fruit and concentration, yet like most of the 2017 wines, not stolid or heavy: there’s convincing life and energy here. Tannin is rich and nourishing, acidity well settled, and a finish that’s kind of umami, yet pretty and red fruited too. It’s an outstanding OP&OH.