Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz 2017

Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz 2017

$50.00
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First planted by Maurice O'Shea in 1921, the Old Paddock vineyard enjoys an elevated easterly aspect overlooking Mount Pleasant estate and some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world. Fruit from these low-yielding vines is blended with shiraz from the nearby old hill vineyard, first planted in 1880, to deliver a complex, brooding wine, rich in character and steeped in heritage. This distinguished partnership between these two highly celebrated vineyard sites, the Old Paddock and Old Hill vineyards deliver a small parcel of just 10 hectares of old gnarly shiraz vines. Planted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these vines have buried their roots deep into the ancient volcanic soil of the site.

Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018 Best Dry Red - NSW Wine Awards 2018 Best Shiraz - NSW Wine Awards 2018 NSW Governor's Trophy for Best Wine in Show - NSW Wine Awards 2018 Top Gold - NSW Wine Awards 2018

Shiraz

2017

750ml

About this Wine

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Winemaker

Adrian Sparks

Colour

Dark purple with violet hues.

Aroma

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.

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.

Palate

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.

Vinification/Maturation

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.

Alcohol/Vol

14%

pH

3.46

Acidity

6.5

Food Matches

Peak Drinking

Drink now or cellar for over 25 years.

Professional Reviews

97 points - James Halliday

Wine Companion

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.