After the hot dry end to 2013, near perfect January weather has resulted in outstanding vintage of intensity and wonderful balance.
The whites are pristine and pure, with great length and line; and the flavour packed reds are showing early signs of a superb year in the Hunter Valley. Possibly the best red vintage since the 60’s!
Harvest kicked off on the 8th of January; which is *earlier than anyone can remember. The ‘Old Hill’ Chardonnay was the first fruit in, closely followed by the ‘Mothervine’ Pinot of our original 1921 planted Pinot Noir.
The weather then cooled down, becoming almost mild relative to the preceding months. This provided the perfect conditions for the Lovedale Semillon to ripen and express its wonderful character.
The Mount Pleasant Shiraz quickly followed the Semillon, revealing tremendous colour and flavour from the onset. Both the ‘Old Hill’ (Planted 1880) and the ‘Old Paddock’ (planted 1921) being the stars off the estate.
Rosehill Shiraz was last, but by no means least. Lovely perfume and spice coupled with fruit intensity & perfect structure, sees Rosehill vying for ‘line honours’ in a great vintage for Hunter Shiraz.
A fantastic first harvest at the helm for me, I could not have scripted it better myself. Arguably, one of the greatest red vintages in living memory. Certainly the best for me, in my short 21 years in the Hunter.
I look forward to sharing these wines with friends of Mount Pleasant well into the future.
*Harvest in the Hunter generally starts around the Australia day weekend.