Mount Pleasant Mountain A Medium Bodied Dry Red, Hunter Valley
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.
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.
98 points, Wine Companion (September 2018)
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.
96 points, The Wine Front (August 2018)
Attractive dark berries and plums here with a very fleshy, brambly palate that has smooth-honed tannins and a super deep, sleek, round and mouth-filling array of rich, dark spices and dark-berry flavors. Excellent wine.
95 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
Medium to deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is plummy and fruit-driven, an elegant wine in classic Hunter medium-bodied 'Burgundy' style. The tannins are fine and emery-like on the finish and there is a note of graphite to conclude. A very stylish wine.
94 points, The Real Review (January 2019)