Hunter Valley

2022 Mount Pleasant 1921 Vines Old Paddock Vineyard Shiraz

Deep red-purple colour; the bouquet suggests dried herbs and stems along with mixed spices including pepper and fivespice, a hint of ironstone; the wine enters the palate with dramatic intent and purpose and powers along with great intensity and firm supportive tannins to a long finish. A superb shiraz that begs to be cellared for best results. 97 points Read more
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Huon Hooke - The Real Review

Deep red-purple colour; the bouquet suggests dried herbs and stems along with mixed spices including pepper and fivespice, a hint of ironstone; the wine enters the palate with dramatic intent and purpose and powers along with great intensity and firm supportive tannins to a long finish. A superb shiraz that begs to be cellared for best results. 97 points

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Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

Lots of mixed berries, creamy and ripe, some spice, a bit ferrous and savoury. Medium-bodied, quite earthy, red and black fruit, creamy chew to tannin, plenty of berry fruit, and a finish of good length. Chalkdust finish. It’s fleshed out and become more succulent and generous after being open for a day, and I can see the makings are very good here. 94+ points

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Ned Goodwin MW

Blueberries and cream, doused with anise and clove. The feel is akin to drying earthenware. As always, savory and mid-weighted. The finish, an expansive realm of tea leaf bitterness and bright, succulent freshness. As with the entire range, nothing is out of place, although this is a bit four-square and needs more time. A great deal in store. Drinkable now, but best from 2026. Screw cap. 93 points

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Tasting Notes

First planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1921, the vineyard was propagated using cuttings from Mount Pleasant’s Old Hill vineyard first planted in 1880. The perfect site for shiraz, the block sits mid-way up a gentle rise and is sheltered from the afternoon sun and wind, providing a wine abundant in fruit richness, natural tannin, and power. Deep purple in colour, a powerful aroma of dark fruits combine with spice and berries. The palate has wonderful tannins, a beautiful acid profile and intense dark fruits with a long finish. This wine has the freshness to drink young, and the pedigree and chemistry to age gracefully over the next 40 years.

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