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
Deep purple with violet hues.
Intense blackberry, black currant and spice are all evident with underlying notes of liquorice, cinnamon and toast.
2019 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.
Drink now or cellar up to 15 years
91 points - Ned Goodwin MW
2022 Halliday Wine Companion
"This is archetypal, medium-bodied shiraz, with a firm district imprint. Aromas of fecund wet earth, sassafras, calf’s leather, lilac, thyme and lavender, with red- and blue-fruit allusions a go-go. The mouthfeel is ideal, offering versatility and accessible everyday drinking. The sole caveat: the overtly tangy acidity."
90 points - Mike Bennie
The Wine Front
"Warm spice of cinnamon and clove draped over raspberry fruit, dried rose petals, rum n raisin characters. Solid, blocky, bold red. Concentrated and quite dry. Too dry? Dry. A little lemony tang through the finish too. Will go well for some."
91 points - Huon Hooke
The Real Review
"Very deep purple/red colour, dark for this producer, and the bouquet is driven by black fruits and it smells and tastes very ripe and sunny, oak taking a back-seat. Subtle spice, very plummy; straightforward. A big, ripe, bold Aussie shiraz more than a regional Hunter wine. And very promising."