2017 Mountain A Medium Bodied Dry Red

2017 Mountain A Medium Bodied Dry Red

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The Mountain Range wines pay homage to Maurice O'Shea's talent as a master blender. He had an astounding ability to make and recognise small unique parcels. And depending on what style they were, light bodied, medium bodied or full-bodied, O'Shea gave each of them different code names: Mountain C, Mountain A and Mountain D.

Shiraz

2017

750ml

About this Wine

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Winemaker

Adrian Sparks

Colour

Deep purple with violet hues

Aroma

Intense red fruits of raspberry, mulberry and blueberry all combine with classic Rosehill violet notes with some subtle spice from maturation in wood.

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

Beautiful red fruits drive the length of the palate with intensity and focus. Some lovely supporting oak provides a subtle backbone with wonderful natural acidity giving the elegance.

Vinification/Maturation

Handpicked off the 1965 Vines at Rosehill, the selected fruit was crushed to open top fermenters for around 72 hours of cold soaking to extract colour and tannin without alcohol. The must was allowed to warm and was inoculated with a neutral yeast strain and pumped over three times a day. The wine was pressed just prior to dryness and malolactic fermentation underwent in tank. The finished wine was then racked to less than 20% new puncheons for 12 months prior to blending.

Alcohol/Vol

14%

pH

3.48

Acidity

5.9

Food Matches

Peak Drinking

Drink now or careful cellaring will reward for over 25 years

Professional Reviews

98 points - James Halliday

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Full-on O'Shea labelling, and full-on O'Shea style. It has great colour, and hits you in the face (in the nicest possible way) with its incisive flavour and structure. No prisoners here. Its balance is such that its lifetime could, nay will, sail past 2067. The freakish thing about these Mount Pleasant wines is their fresh acidity. The record heat of the vintage tells you that the acid had to have been adjusted, but so what? Winemaking genius.

96 points - Gary Walsh

The Wine Front

No Mountain C this year, only an A, B and D. Anyone with an OCD may be not OK with this. As an aside, I always loved the Two Ronnies sketch where they ordered breakfast in Swedish. “L O. F U N E M N X?, S! V F M N X!” I’m giving myself an ‘A’ for that introduction. This from Rosehill, a combination of the ’65 and ’46 plantings. Wonderful. Dark red fruits, a little new leather and aniseed, gentle spice and florals. It’s medium-bodied (label matches the contents), fluid and almost juicy with a joyous display of berries and more ferrous elements, and while the tannin is dense and deep, it’s also kind of suede-like and lovely to touch. Finish is very long, fresh and articulate. Outstanding.