About this Wine
Hunter Valley, NSW
Dark purple with violet hues.
Intense black and red fruit is the touchstone of this classic wine from Mount Pleasant, with beautiful spice and oak supporting. All characters are integrated together to form a superb Hunter wine obtained from such a great vintage.
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.
Dense fruit flavours and blackberries, plum and mulberry. This intense and long palate is structural and rich, with fruit providing a wonderful framework for the oak to sit under.
The separate parcels of Old Hill and Old Paddock were picked and crushed to open top fermenters. A short cold soak of 72 hours followed by inoculation with pump overs occurring three times a day. Pressed off at dryness to tank where the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked to a combination of small and large format oak, with around 35% new French oak being used. The wine was blended after 12 months and bottled.
Drink now or cellar for over 25 years.
97 points - James Halliday
The Old Paddock (planted 1920) and the Old Hill (1880), 3 days cold soak, matured for 12 months in French oak (25% new). Here the fusion is of mainly black fruits with purple notes, fantastic tannins a highlight. NSW Governor’s Trophy NSW Wine Awards 2018. 14% alc, screwcap
95+ points - Gary Walsh
The Wine Front
One of the few remaining Mount Pleasant wines that sees some new small format oak, though I’d suggest the usage here is a long way from being excessive. The consensus at the winery seems to be that the ‘Estate’ wines really shone in 2017. I’d not argue. Dark fruit, boysenberry, pepper, hazelnut, liquorice, that distinct hillside earthiness, and sensible vanilla oak in support. Medium to full-bodied, deep in fruit and concentration, yet like most of the 2017 wines, not stolid or heavy: there’s convincing life and energy here. Tannin is rich and nourishing, acidity well settled, and a finish that’s kind of umami, yet pretty and red fruited too. It’s an outstanding OP&OH.