Notes sourced from McWilliam's Wines Hanwood Port is a smooth, rich and mellow tawny port. The average age of this blend is 10 years as opposed to 5 years for most other ports. These extra years maturing in small oak casks, combined with six generations of port-making skills perfected by the McWilliam family since 1877, are what make Hanwood such a fine old port. Deep red colour with brown hues. The nose displays complex intense aged rancio characters. The palate is filled with rich fruit and aged integrated spirit. Good length with a mellow soft tannin finish. 18.5% alcohol volume.
TOP GOLD 2019 ROYAL HOBART WINE SHOW 2019 RIVERINA WINE REGION/OPEN WINE SHOW GOLD 2018 SYDNEY ROYAL WINE SHOW (KPMG) 2019 PERTH WINE SHOW 2019 MELBOURNE WINE SHOW 2019 NATIONAL WINE SHOW CANBERRA POINTS 95 pts – 2019 JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020 95 pts – 2018 JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2019
GOLD 2018 SYDNEY ROYAL WINE SHOW (KPMG) 2018 RIVERINA REGION WINE SHOW – GI SHOW 2018 ROYAL HOBART WINE SHOW 2018 ROYAL MELBOURNE WINE AWARDS 2019 ROYAL HOBART WINE SHOW 2019 PERTH WINE SHOW POINTS 98 pts – 2019 JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020
"Manages to handle its alcohol with relative ease, a tribute to the oldest Lovedale vines. Lemongrass, pear and citrus easily take care of the acidity and the alcohol. It's balance guarantees future gold medals and other plaudits." Wine Companion The late Maurice O'Shea planted the Lovedale vineyard in 1946 with incredible foresight, recognising that the unique structure of the land and the surrounding environment would deliver the tightness and acidity for world-class Semillon. This wine provides exceptional drinking now or can be carefully cellared up to fifteen years or more from vintage. Beautifully balanced palate with perfect acidity...
"A very different proposition to Eight Acres, with a more lacy and immediately accessible structure, even a hint of tropical fruit, before unsweetened lemon and mineral sashays across the long palate." JH 94
Gold Medal and Trophy, Hunter Valley Wine Show. James Halliday 99 points. Arguably, one of the greatest red vintages in living memory', says Mount Pleasant. The flagship wine. Destemmed and crushed, short cold soak, open-fermented, matured in large format French oak (30% new) for 18 months. Has the gently throbbing power of a Rolls Royce; superb, deep crimson-purple hue, itself rare in the Hunter Valley. Countless layers of black fruits have absorbed the oak and put the undoubted tannins into limbo land. O'Shea would have died a happy man had this been his last wine. Dissecting it now is an academic exercise at best, so great is its future....
97+ Points - Gary Walsh Wine Front " The winemaking and style of these 2017 reds is probably the best I’ve seen from this venerable old winery. Hats off to Adrian Sparks and Jim Chatto. This is a mix of Rosehill and ‘Estate’ fruit, with a sneaky, but very clever addition of 6% Pinot Noir. It’s now being made in a way that O’Shea would approve of, I suspect. It’s a beautiful wine, excellence in simplicity and verity of fruit, rather than industry in the winery. Perfumed, so fine and long, effortless flow and sense of grace, with an amalgam of mixed berries, spice, aniseed, and earth, supple but deep-seated and controlling tannin,...
James Halliday 99 points. "An utterly stupendous wine, in the same league as Penfolds 1962 Bin 60A. This O'Shea has the complexity of a great tapestry woven centuries ago when time was of no consequence. The sky, the soil and the fruit coalesce into an entity that throbs with intensity and a never-ending kaleidoscope of blackberry, earth and leather flavours." HUNTER VALLEY - James Halliday (01 November 2020). This iconic wine is a fitting tribute to the legendary winemaker and Mount Pleasant founder, Maurice O’Shea, one of the most important figures in the modern Australian wine industry. The Maurice O’Shea Shiraz is the flagship red...
Gary Walsh, Wine Front, 95+ points. A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir. Small production. Big heart. It’s a wine that most often brings a smile to my face, and for a slightly jaded animal such as myself, that’s something of a small joy. Fine, perfumed, juicy, supple, are words that roll quickly off the keyboard as I taste. In terms of detail, well I’m thinking raspberry, a touch of smokiness, chocolate wrappers and other happy things. There’s a gentle graininess to the tannin, a coolness to the acidity, and a fine almost savoury finish. It’s a beautiful wine. Something different, and quite special I feel. GW. WINEMAKERS...
James Halliday 94 points. "Good deep hue; unsurprisingly, is strongly regional and equally strongly structured, with earthy overtones to its sombre black fruits; will live and grow for decades." #museum
James Halliday 95 points. The Wine Front 95 points. Gold Medal, Hunter Valley Wine Show 2011. #museum
The east-facing Old Paddock was planted in 1920 and the Old Hill first planted in 1880. In all Mount Pleasant has 10ha of these exceptional old vines, their roots buried deep in the red volcanic soil. The appointment of Jim Chatto as chief winemaker has brought the potential of the vines into the morning sunlight, the synergy between of predominantly black fruits with the red soils impossible to question or better, fantastic tannins a further highlight. Bargain. Tasted September 2018. James Halliday. 96 points.
96 points - Campbell Mattinson 2021 Halliday Wine Companion "All things considered this is a bit of a steal. The history, the class in the bottle, the potential longevity, the importance. It's a beautiful medium weight red wine. It tastes of musk, earth, peppercorn and ripe red/black cherries. It has vigour and momentum, yet it feels settled and controlled. It sings through the finish. It doesn't put a foot wrong." Huon Hooke 95+ points. Gary Walsh, Winefront 95+ points. 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...
James Halliday 94 points. #museum
James Halliday 96 points. James Suckling 94 points. Gold Medal, Perth Royal Wine Show 2012. "From the celebrated terra rossa hillside opposite Lake's Folly. Its future is starting to peep through the curtains as the unity of place and variety takes shape. Hunter Valley earth, polished leather, spices and tannins are the pillars supporting the amalgam of plum and red berries and fruits. It is no more than medium-bodied, but has a long future." JH #museum
James Halliday 94 points. "Deep garnet; a dense and mocha laden bouquet, showing lavish levels of black fruits, toasty oak and a glimpse of fresh leather; the palate is juicy, thickly textured and generous, and providing enough structure and muscle to appease the heartiest full-bodied shiraz lover." #museum
TROPHY 2019 HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy / Best Red Wine of Show Hector Tulloch Memorial Trophy / Best Shiraz of Show Alexander Munro Trophy / Best Current & 1 YO Shiraz of Show Drayton Family Trophy / Best Single Vineyard Red Wine of Show Len E Trophy / Best Named Vineyard Wine of Show TOP GOLD 2019 HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW GOLD 2019 HUNTER VALLEY WINE SHOW 2019 MELBOURNE WINE SHOW POINTS 95+ pts – 2019 THE WINE FRONT – GARY WALSH. First planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1946, the Rosehill vineyard features a north easterly aspect and a unique volcanic soil structure atypical for the Hunter Valley. These ancient...
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