Shiraz Hunter Valley New South Wales
From two priceless blocks of Shiraz, some of the oldest productive vines in the world, a mere ten hectares of gnarled old veterans which yield a precious harvest of tiny, parched berries. Old Hill established 1880 and Old Paddock planted by Mount Pleasant patriarch Maurice O’Shea in 1921. Only ever vintaged in the finest years, fruit is treated to a traditional open top ferment and fifteen months maturation in a high proportion of new French oak barriques. A brooding, complex, multi dimensional Shiraz, brimming with personality and steeped in Hunter Valley history.
Deep purple colour. Perfumes of dark fruit, blackberries and mulberry, seasoned by lovely liqorice notes, spices and plum. Dense and intense palate of amazing effusiveness and length, layered with ripe, juicy fruit characters, a wine of exquisite linearity and refined balance, framed by a supple veneer of cocoa vanilla oak and supported by a cradle of ripe, pliant tannins.