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....
Gold Medal, Hunter Valley Wine Show. 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...
NSW Wine of the Year 2018. Trophy, Best Red NSW Wine Awards. Trophy, Best Shiraz, NSW Wine Awards. James Halliday 97 points. Gary Walsh, Wine Front, 95+ points. 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...
Gold Medal, Hunter Valley Wine Show. Gary Walsh, Wine front, 95 Points. Rosehill is always one of the prettiest wines from the Hunter Valley, and no change here. The vineyard talks. Pretty, floral, a little pepper, red fruits and vanilla. Medium-bodied, flow and charm, succulence and composure, mildly peppery tannin, bright and fresh, milk chocolate, fine dusty tannin trailing with red fruit sweetness and perfume on a fine finish. Typical and lovely. More to come. If you like Rosehill, you’ll find much to love here. Just into 95 points: its class gets it over the line. GW.
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