First planted by Maurice O'Shea in 1921, 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.
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 or heavy: there’s convincing life and energy here. Tannin is rich and nourishing, acidity well settled, and a finish that’s kind of umami, yet pretty and red fruited too. It’s an outstanding OP&OH. Tasted: Aug 18; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $50; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2042+; Rated: 95+ Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
The east-facing Old Paddock was planted in 1920 and the Old Hill first planted in 1880.3 days cold soak, 3% whole bunches, matured for 12 months in French oak (25% new). Here the fusion of predominantly black fruits with the red soils impossible to question or better, fantastic tannins a further highlight. Bargain. Drink to: 2057; Price: $50.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2018; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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