Founded in 1921 by the legendary Maurice O’Shea, whose contribution to Australian wine cannot be understated. Widely recognised for setting the standard for modern Australian winemaking, his ‘fanatical perfectionism’ saw him create Mount Pleasant’s signature style of elegance, balance and exceptional longevity. For 100 years, Mount Pleasant has produced iconic, elegant and expressive wines championing the fruit and individual character of our four vineyard sites. The rare ancestral vines include some of the oldest clone plantings in the country. This makes the Old Hill vineyard, while best known for Shiraz, the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in Australia.
Taken from the first vineyard planted by Maurice O’Shea, the Old Paddock is a perfect site for Shiraz. Sheltered from the afternoon sun and winds, the rows run North to South and produce exceptional fruit from over 100-year-old vines. The fruit was handpicked and delivered to the winery before destemming into small open top fermenters. A short cold soak followed by a 9 day fermentation before pressing to nearly 20 % new large format French Oak. The wine was then transferred to tank before bottling.
Tasted in the Hunter Valley, blind, in a bracket of 94 2019 vintage wines. No drinking windows entered. Such an impressive wine. Perfumed, dark fruited, game meat, incredibly concentrated, amazing persistence. Texture is outta this world, tannins all nutty and sinewy but woven into the long flow of the wine. Sheesh! One to savour. I did. I couldn't keep off my glass. Epic stuff here. Tasted: November 2020; Drink : 2025 - 2040+ (GW); Alcohol: 14%; Price: $135; Closure: Screwcap; Rated: 97 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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