Maurice O’Shea purchased the original 22ha in 1945 for its similarity to the Mount Pleasant vineyard. He planted it to Shiraz and the rest is history. The Rosehill Shiraz is a delicious wine, especially if you let it age. The 2005 is ready to go, just dipping into the secondary characters of leather and earth it will be drinking this well for many years to come.
The story of Mt Pleasant is one of the greatest in Australian wine history. It is tied in with one of Australia’s great wine makers Maurice O’Shea. The man who raised the bar to a level winemakers still chase. Luckily their current wines live up to the tales. They possess access to one of the finest Semillon vineyards in the Hunter if not the world and well as plenty of old vine Shiraz fruit.
Although it is historically very important to Australia. If you were planting Australia today from scratch you’d never even visit the Hunter. Rain almost every harvest and excessive heat mean hard work. But the results in the bottle show each year. Shiraz and Semillon are particular highlights.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.