About this Wine
Hunter Valley, NSW
Amazingly intense red and black fruits combine with spice to create a beautiful and complex aroma.
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.
Powerful fruits come to the fore, with perfect acid and tannin balance providing an exhilarating intensity and length.
The Maurice O’Shea Shiraz is the flagship red wine for the Mount Pleasant and is a blend of the best fruit available, only made in the best years. Taken from the Old Hill, Old Paddock, Rosehill 1946 and 1965 Vines, it is truly a complex and unique wine to Mount Pleasant, exhibiting an almost euphoric sense. Fermented at 18-25˚C for approximately 9 days. Gently pressed to less than 20% new large format French oak barrels for almost 14 months maturation, before blending and bottling.
Will reward careful cellaring for over 50 years.
97+ Points - Gary Walsh
For reasons of history and keeping an orderly database, we seem to have McWilliam's in front of the name for this wine. Well, I won’t break with tradition this time either. The winemaking and style of these 2017 reds is probably the best I’ve seen from this venerable old winery. Hats off to Adrian Sparks and Jim Chatto. This is a mix of Rosehill and ‘Estate’ fruit, with a sneaky, but very clever addition of 6% Pinot Noir. It’s now being made in a way that O’Shea would approve of, I suspect.
It’s a beautiful wine, excellence in simplicity and verity of fruit, rather than industry in the winery. Perfumed, so fine and long, effortless flow and sense of grace, with an amalgam of mixed berries, spice, aniseed, and earth, supple but deep-seated and controlling tannin, bright acidity, and a soaring finish. Even as a young wine, it floors you with its quiet authority, confidence and charm. It’s totally at ease with itself, you might say. Best O’Shea of the modern era by a stretch, for me. Toying with a 98 point score, but let’s be patient, eh?