Mount Pleasant Mountain C Light 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.
Hand-picked, destemmed, open top fermenters, 6 days on skins then pressed to French oak (20% new) aged 15 months. At first, this shiraz didn't want to budge it was so tightly coiled. After a decent airing, it started to unfurl. Red cherries, pips and satsuma plums, pepper and dried herbs all subtly brought together. A lighter frame but more medium-bodied, savoury with a suppleness.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2018)
This is light, slightly tense, classic Hunter Valley Burgundy in style. It’s defined by it’s light body and crunch of acidity, though it does have good flavour too, and I’m thinking raspberry, cranberry, some earth and hazelnut, gentle rasp of tannin as it moves along, a little dried herb and orange in the aftertaste. It’s a wine of high definition and, I feel, excellent cellaring potential. Nice one.
94+ points, Wine Companion (August 2018)