Mount Pleasant Rosehill Shiraz is made from vines first planted by legendary Hunter Valley winemaker Maurice O’Shea in 1946. It’s a classic Hunter red with that very distinctive Mount Pleasant profile, imparted by the volcanic soil of Rosehill (a rare commodity in the Hunter). It’s rich in peppery red fruits and firm tannins, with pleasing oak and leather on the nose.
Trophy - Best Current and One-Year-Old Shiraz
Trophy - Best Shiraz
Trophy - Best Single Vineyard Red Wine
Trophy - Best Named Vineyard Wine
Trophy - Best Red Wine of the Show
Hunter Valley Wine Show 2019
It's not a 'look at me' wine, but it's so beautifully well fruited, balanced and flavoured. This is a seriously good option for the cellar. The tannin is ripped with earth and coffee notes, the fruit is black-cherried and bountiful, it's svelte of texture and sustained through the finish. It's both faultless and characterful and, all things considered, is extremely well priced.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
So silky, so effortless, such a beautiful expression of vineyard and vintage. Classic rose perfume, cherry and red fruits, subtle vanilla oak, and a wee bit of liquorice. Tannin is fine grained and supple, red fruits and boysenberry, perfect crispness of acidity, flowing from front to long finish with effortless charm. It will be magnificent in years to come. Site to glass with no static. Yes.
95+ points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
Deep-set red plum and sooty, earthy aromas, the palate tight and firm, with medium to full body and a tight tannin grip. It's very firm and highly tensioned for its weight. An elegant style of Hunter. Very good, needs time, and will reward keeping.
93 points, The Real Review (September 2019)
The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a fraction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal fringe north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-worthy Semillon and fresh savoury medium-bodied Shiraz, although Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also perform well.