2017 Mount Henry Shiraz Pinot Noir

2017 Mount Henry Shiraz Pinot Noir

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Maurice O'Shea is regarded by many as the founding father of the modern Australian wine industry. Upon his return from winemaking studies in France, and with the assistance of his mother Leontine, he purchased the original Mount Pleasant property in 1921. Over the next thirty years, a series of now legendary wines were released by Mount Pleasant, establishing the reputation of the lower Hunter Valley and inspiring future generations of Australian winemakers. Even more remarkably these iconic wines were created under very difficult conditions, with no access to electricity or modern winemaking techniques. A master blender and visionary winemaker, often blending Shiraz with Pinot Noir and other varieties, Maurice created a succession of wines named after local landmarks, friends and relatives. In pride of place was a string of 1940s releases named in honour of his great friend and supporter Henri Renault. The Mount Henry was created with a focus on elegance and subtlety rather than sheer power. Bright and vibrant shiraz, selected for its supple mouth-feel and fine silky tannins is framed by the lifted aromatics and bright acidity of pinot noir. This beautifully poised wine will continue to gain character and complexity for many years.

Pinot Noir



About this Wine


Hunter Valley, NSW


Adrian Sparks


Brilliant medium purple with violet hues.


Intense red fruits of raspberry and red currants integrate with the classical pinot notes of cherry and cranberry. Some lovely spice and and cedar characters are also found on this complex and classic Hunter Valley style.

Growing Conditions

An excellent year in the Hunter Valley. Dry throughout the growing season, the vineyards burst early but a cool spring slowed the growth periods, meaning ripening was around 2-3 weeks later than usual. December saw warm weather with average rainfall allowing for healthy and clean canopies giving excellent ripening conditions. January and February saw significantly lower than average rainfall conditions which meant ripening was even and let the team have the ability to pick fruit at its optimum ripeness.


A beautifully intense palate of red and dark fruits. The palate is rich and long, with the tannin from the Pinot combining with the elegance and grace of the Shiraz, providing this classic Hunter blend with complexity and depth of flavours.


All fruit was hand picked and crushed to tank for a short cold soak. The Shiraz was inoculated and pumped over 3 times daily while the Pinot Noir was allowed to naturally ferment without the addition of yeast with a twice daily punch down. Pressed to tank prior to dryness, the Shiraz was racked to tank for malolactic fermentation, while the Pinot went to wood. The total new oak percentage being less than 20%. After 12 months maturation, the Shiraz and Pinot were blended to suit the classic Hunter style.







Food Matches


Peak Drinking

Drink now or will reward cellaring for over 25 years.

Professional Reviews

94 points - James Halliday

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

The label, the Mount Henry name, and the blend, are all evocative of Maurice O'Shea – and so is the wine in the glass. O’Shea would have ‘light bodied’ in small caps on the front label, and despite that, his wines in this fashion lasted for decades. I’d like the oak in this wine to settle down, so leave it to its own devices for 5 or so years.