2017 1880 Vines Old Hill Shiraz

2017 1880 Vines Old Hill Shiraz

$135.00
Member price $108.00

Planted in 1880 by Charles King, the 'Old Hill' or 'O.H' vineyard has produced some of the Hunter Valley's greatest red wines. Legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea first made wine from the 'Old Hill' in the 1920's & 1930's. These early wines are still regarded as some of the greatest Australian wines of all time.

Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018 Alexander Munro Trophy for Best One Year Old Shiraz - Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018 Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show - Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018 Drayton’s Family Trophy for Best Named Vineyard Red - Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018 Hector Tulloch Memorial Trophy for Best Shiraz - Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018 Len Evans Trophy for Best Named Vineyard Wine - Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018

Shiraz

2017

750ml

About this Wine

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Winemaker

Adrian Sparks

Colour

Deep purple

Aroma

Intense dark fruits coupled with lovely spice and red berries.

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

Structural with powerful fruit, a long intense palate with seamless tannin.

Vinification/Maturation

Hand picked in three passes through the vineyard, only selecting the perfect bunches on each run. The fruit was destemmed & crushed into small open fermenters for a brief cold soaking period where intense colour was gained immediately. Fermented at 18-25˚C for approximately 9 days. Gently pressed to large format French oak barrels (~25% new) for almost 13 months maturation, before blending and bottling.

Alcohol/Vol

14%

pH

3.45

Acidity

6.4

Food Matches

Prime-rib steak with green peppercorn sauce

Peak Drinking

Will reward cellaring for up to 50 years.

Professional Reviews

97 Points - Gary Walsh

Wine Front

"My feeling is that this is probably the best of the ‘block wines’ from 2017. I could be wrong. It’s all a matter of taste, after all.
I put my nose into it, and thought, ‘It’s Hunter Barbaresco!’, and while that’s coloured by my somewhat skewed view of wine, there’s no doubt that this wine is, in short, ‘The Business’. Deep, resonant, black fruit, pepper, spice and chocolate, with a floral perfume above, perhaps a little amaro herb. Moving to full-bodied, but very fresh and energetic, tannin floods the mouth, but it’s more waving than drowning, earthy, boysenberry, red fruits bobbing up, wonderful concentration, and sticky ribs of tannin and perfume running on a very long finish. Outstanding".