• 2010 Vintage

    An early ripening year with warm dry conditions prior to picking meant rapid sugar and flavour development throughout the first few weeks of January. The growing conditions were mild with no disease pressure for the early picked varieties.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Phil Ryan Chardonnay NOW-2014
    Phil Ryan Shiraz 2014-2020
    Philip Shiraz BY 2020
    Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 2014-2040
    Old Paddock and Old Hill Shiraz 2014-2040
    Rosehill Shiraz 2014-2040
  • 2009 Vintage

    A very good growing period with above average winter and spring rainfall resulted in an excellent crop. Late December in 2008 was very dry and early January 2009 was both dry and hot. All Shiraz blocks ripened evenly with small berries providing power and concentration of flavours and colour. The grapes were carefully handpicked in the cool morning to retain freshness and ensure quality.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Phil Ryan Chardonnay NOW-2015
    Phil Ryan Semillon NOW-2024
    Phil Ryan Shiraz 2014-2020
    Philip Shiraz NOW-2019
    Maurice O'Shea Shiraz BY 2030
    High Paddock Shiraz NOW-2019
    Old Paddock and Old Hill Shiraz BY 2029
    Rosehill Shiraz BY 2029
  • 2008 Vintage

    An extremely challenging vintage with rain and floods ensuring very little red grapes were picked (no flagships were produced from Mount Pleasant this vintage).

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Phil Ryan Chardonnay NOW-2015
    Phil Ryan Semillon NOW-2022
    Phil Ryan Shiraz NOW-2018
    Philip Shiraz NOW-2018
    Maria Semillon NOW
  • 2007 Vintage

    Excellent growing season with dry warm days before picking meant the grapes from the Old Hill and Old Paddock vineyards were in outstanding condition. The grapes were carefully handpicked in the cool morning period to retain freshness and ensure quality.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Classic Semillon NOW-2025
    Phil Ryan Semillon NOW-2022
    Philip Shiraz NOW-2015
    Lovedale Semillon NOW-2025
    Maurice O'Shea Shiraz BY 2025
    Old Paddock and Old Hill Shiraz 2014-2025
    Rosehill Shiraz 2014-2025
  • 2006 Vintage

    Vintage 2006 followed the dry winter of 2005 with some supplemental irrigation required to provide an even budburst. The dry conditions abated somewhat with relieving rains in October which supported the vines during flowering and good rainfall during November led to an excellent fruit set. Although early December was mild, late December and January were hot and extremely dry with record temperatures recorded between Christmas and New Year. The hot and windy conditions continued throughout vintage. The hot weather reduced the yield and acid levels however this allowed excellent colour development in all red varieties and especially fruit from old vines which had developed thick dark coloured skins in the early heat, colour which persisted into the fermented wines.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon NOW-2018
    Maurice O'Shea Shiraz BY 2020
    Anne Semillon NOW-2019
    Rosehill Shiraz NOW-2020
    Old Paddock and Old Hill Shiraz NOW-2025
  • 2005 Vintage

    The growing season leading up to the 2005 vintage was excellent with cool to mild growing conditions and excellent, even rainfall. December saw cool conditions, ideal for veraison and the development of cooler climate fruit characters. January saw warm days, coupled with cool nights providing excellent conditions for the completion of veraison and ripening. The vintage was one of the most rapid on record with almost all varieties ripening simultaneously, a result of the excellent growing conditions and difference in diurnal temperatures.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon 2010-2023
    Lovedale Semillon BY 2020
    Old Paddock and Old Hill Shiraz NOW-2025
    Rosehill Shiraz NOW-2020
  • 2004 Vintage

    Following the extreme drought of 2003, the vineyards were in full recovery mode for the 2003/4 growing season. An early bud burst through the cool August and an unusually cool September set up a long growing and, therefore, ripening season. This trend continued during October and November but these months also brought timely and relieving rainfall which filled the soil profile with an ideal level of moisture. The month of December saw an increase in temperatures and low rainfall providing warm, dry growing conditions free of disease pressures. The 2004 vintage was an outstanding year for white varieties, Semillon and Chardonnay in particular, with wines showing excellent depth and length of flavour as well as excellent structure.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Elizabeth Semillon NOW-2023
  • 2003 Vintage

    The growing season prior to the 2003 vintage was dominated by the worst drought on record since 1902. Spring rainfall was virtually negligible with the only useful rainfall recorded in December. This resulted in excellent ripening conditions producing white wines rich in fruit flavour but maintaining an attractive balanced acidity.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Elizabeth Semillon NOW-2018
    Cellar Release Lovedale Semillon BY 2023
  • 2002 Vintage

    The pre-budburst period (winter and spring) was extremely dry and required substantial irrigation. The only month during vintage to record good rainfall was November – which was a blessing considering the hot and windy conditions that followed in December, and resulted in severe bushfire damage in the Hunter Valley’s southern regions and in Sydney. The heat stress period was not as severe as the previous year, with again milder conditions and heavy rainfall experienced during harvest.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Elizabeth Semillon NOW-2017
  • 2001 Vintage

    The autumn and winter months prior to budburst saw a return to below average rainfall conditions, which continued into the early spring. Fortunately, the cool and mild weather reduced evaporative loss and enabled irrigation to be effective. This led to excellent flowering and fruit set. However, good yields were reduced somewhat by a heatwave from Christmas to late January. These record temperatures were followed by periods of rain during harvest.

    Name Varietal Drinking Window
    Lovedale Semillon BY 2014