2018 High Paddock Shiraz

2018 High Paddock Shiraz

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The word 'Paddock' was often used by legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea when naming his Hunter Valley vineyards and wines. It is also from the high paddocks throughout the region that some of its best plantings can be found. This High Paddock Shiraz uses fruit from younger vines on Mount Pleasant Estate that are sheltered from the winds and sun by the Brokenback ranges and produce a slightly different spectrum of red fruits.




About this Wine


Hunter Valley, NSW


Adrian Sparks


Deep purple with violet hues.


Intense blackberry, black currant and spice are all evident with underlying notes of liquorice, cinnamon and toast.

Growing Conditions

2018 Vintage Report


The palate is dense with black fruits. Silky and long with wonderful balance with supporting oak providing excellent framework with intense fruit and soft acidity driving focus and finesse.



Peak Drinking

Drink now or cellar up to 15 years

Professional Reviews

93 points - Campbell Mattinson

2021 Halliday Wine Companion

"Plenty of heft in a Hunter Valley context, and it follows through well too. No one will be complaining of the value on offer here. Red cherry and blueberry, gum leaf and dark chocolate flavours sweep confidently throughout. Grainy tannin completes a convincing picture."

92+ points - Gary Walsh

The Wine Front

"Can we get much higher? So high Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh. Bright cherry, boysenberry, milk chocolate and rose. Some earthiness, freshness and tang, grainy tannin, solid finish with tannin and a sort of blueberry bubblegum thing happening. Good potential here, but needs some time to cool its boots."

90 points - Huon Hooke

The Real Review

"Fragrant spice and red plum aromas with a little meatiness, clean and varietal, with a sooty, smoky regional overtone. The wine is medium-bodied at the most, with grainy earthy tannins throughout the palate. It's a touch more fruit driven than the top Mount Pleasant shirazes."