2017 1946 Vines Rosehill Shiraz

2017 1946 Vines Rosehill Shiraz

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It was with a firm belief in regional definition, single vineyard wines and a thorough understanding of the Hunter Valley landscape, that the late Maurice O'Shea planted the famed 'Rosehill' vineyard in 1946. The block is home to a unique, yet truly regional expression of Shiraz, and is only made in exceptional years. Classically light to medium bodied, '1946 vines' is an exquisite wine of fragrance & red fruit purity. Though focused & intense, the palate has a lacy, almost filigree texture, resulting in a graceful wine of, seemingly, effortless charm.




About this Wine


Hunter Valley, NSW


Adrian Sparks


Deep purple with crimson hues.


Fresh dark red fruits with lovely spice and unique violets which can only come from this great vineyard.

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. 


Intense and structural, classically medium bodied with lovely acidity and devastating length.


Purchased in 1945 and planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1946, the Creek block as it is called, produces an amazing and unique perspective of Shiraz. Planted from cuttings taken from the Old Hill on the Mount Pleasant Estate, the intense floral aromatics are a signature of this Rosehill vineyard. The fruit was carefully hand picked and a portion was destemmed to open top fermenters while another parcel had around 20% whole bunch included. Cold soaked and fermented for 9 days, the fruit was pressed to large format French oak at around 20% New. Blended and bottled after around 13 months in oak. 



Peak Drinking

Will reward cellaring for up to 50 years.