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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 soils contribute to the distinctive character of Rosehill shiraz, delivering a sophisticated wine of complexity, elegance and grace. The highest point on the valley floor, at 100 metres above sea level, the Rosehill vineyard is one of only a handful of highly prized vineyard sites in the region planted on a unique and ancient volcanic soil structure. Thirty hectares of old shiraz vineyards are planted on the contours of the land, rising on a northerly slope.

Black fruits, some red, a beautiful almost rosy perfume, throaty earthiness, oyster shell, spice and nuts, even some liquorice richness. It’s medium bodied, but fleshy and full in the mouth, filling the corners with lovely Hunter flavour, ripe tannin, and pippy boysenberried acidity. The spread of earthy tannin on the finish is particularly impressive. Beautifully done. Sure to become something pretty great with a decade or two in bottle, though it’s no slouch now. Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $50; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2044+; Rating: 95 Points; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

Destemmed, cold soak, open-fermented, 11 days on skins, matured in large format French oak (25% new) for 15 months. A very high quality '14 Hunter Valley shiraz that would stand tall above others were it not for its OPandOH and O'Shea siblings. A full-bodied wine in a different idiom to its siblings, Hunter earth and leather (relatively speaking) more obvious. A great future. Drink by: 2044; Price: $50.00; Alcohol: 14.0%; Rating: 96 Points; Special Value Star; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion

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