Mount Pleasant 1880 Vines Old Hill Vineyard Shiraz 2014

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James Halliday
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Huon Hooke
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Campbell Mattinson
  • Sustainable
SKU
MPVH201410 UCAU
$169.99 Per item
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A bold, youthful, elegant shiraz and very pleasant drinking now, but it should be cellared for several years to enjoy the full pay-off. - Huon Hooke Planted in 1880 by Charles King, the 'Old Hill' or 'O.H' vineyard has produced some of the Hunter Valley's greatest red wines. Legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea first made wine from the 'Old Hill' in the 1920's & 1930's. These early wines are still regarded as some of the greatest Australian wines of all time. Intense dark fruits coupled with lovely spice and red berries. Structural with dark fruit with hints of pepper, a long intense palate with seamless tannin.
A bold, youthful, elegant shiraz and very pleasant drinking now, but it should be cellared for several years to enjoy the full pay-off. - Huon Hooke Planted in 1880 by Charles King, the 'Old Hill' or 'O.H' vineyard has produced some of the Hunter Valley's greatest red wines. Legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea first made wine from the 'Old Hill' in the 1920's & 1930's. These early wines are still regarded as some of the greatest Australian wines of all time. Intense dark fruits coupled with lovely spice and red berries. Structural with dark fruit with hints of pepper, a long intense palate with seamless tannin.

Scores & Reviews

97 / 100

James Halliday

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.

96 / 100

Huon Hooke

Full red/purple hue, lighter than most shiraz of its age. The aromas are fruit-driven, raspberry to red cherry-like and fresh, straightforward, clean, while the palate is medium-weight at best and has supple, graceful tannins and plenty of extract. A bold, youthful, elegant shiraz and very pleasant drinking now, but it should be cellared for several years to enjoy the full pay-off.

95 / 100

Campbell Mattinson

It’s not the deepest of the latest ‘single vineyard’ releases. Nor, accordingly, is it the most tannic. In some ways it’s fascinating for what it’s not. It’s not over- or overtly-oaked. Indeed it’s both perfumed and light on its feet. It’s ferrous, cherried, deliciously earthen, and just firm enough. It’s a poster child of finesse; or of Hunter Valley terroir; take your pick. It’s going to age 100% beautifully.