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.
The Old Paddock vineyard enjoys an elevated easterly aspect overlooking Mount Pleasant estate and some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world. Fruit from these low-yielding vines is blended with shiraz from the nearby old hill vineyard, first planted in 1880, to deliver a complex, brooding wine, rich in character and steeped in heritage. This distinguished partnership between these two highly celebrated vineyard sites, the Old Paddock and Old Hill vineyards deliver a small parcel of just 10 hectares of old gnarly shiraz vines. Planted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these vines have buried their roots deep into the ancient volcanic soil of the site.
This very old-vine blend of two parcels is a classic of Hunter Valley elegance and power. The aromas of such pure red plums and berries are deeply intense and have a spicy thread, as well as some earthy tones. The palate has impressive depth and richness of darker-toned berries and delivers unwaveringly long, deeply powerful style. This still holds medium-bodied yet packs so much concentration. Drink over the next decade. Screw cap. Rating: 98 Points; Nick Stock in James Sucking
A hotter year in 2019, and the afternoon shade from the hillside blocks helped things along. Remember now, there will be no 2020 vintage wines released from Mount Pleasant. Perfume, boysenberry, raspberry, earth, baking spice, some salted liquorice. Medium-bodied, deep chewy tannin, excellent balance, depth and weight, long finish. For a full-flavoured wine, this really pops. A standout release from 2019. Tasted: October 2020; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $55; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2035+; Rated: 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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