1.5L 2014 1946 Vines Rosehill Shiraz

1.5L 2014 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.

Shiraz

2014

About this Wine

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Winemaker

Jim Chatto

Colour

Deep purple with crimson hues.

Aroma

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

Growing Conditions

After the hot dry end to 2013, near perfect January weather has resulted in an outstanding vintage of intensity and wonderful balance. 2014 will be remembered as one of the Hunter Valley's greatest vintages.

Palate

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

Vinification/Maturation

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 15 months in oak.

Alcohol/Vol

14%

pH

3.33

Acidity

7.0

Food Matches

Rare roast beef with caramelised vegetables

Peak Drinking

Will reward cellaring for up to 50 years.

Professional Reviews

97 Points - James Halliday

2016 Halliday Wine Companion

"Part destemmed into open-top fermenters, the remainder with 20% whole bunch inclusion, 9 days on skins (cold soak and fermentation), matured in large-format French oak (25% new) for 15 months. In a very different metier to its Old Hill and Old Paddock siblings, here the juicy red fruits of the bouquet set the scene for the palate, silky and suave, but with wonderful length and persistence."

95 Points - Huon Hooke

The Real Review

"Deep red/purple hue and a smoky, sooty, coal-dusty kind of bouquet, savoury and hiding its fruit at this stage. Good intensity and refinement of palate, focused and tight, long and tidy. A medium to full-bodied shiraz of considerable grace and elegance. The finish is emphatic and very long."