Mount Pleasant Rosehill 1965 Vines Shiraz, Hunter Valley
The Mount Pleasant Block series calls on the hallowed vines planted by Maurice O’Shea—the Old Paddock (1921) and Rosehill (1946). The series also showcases limited quantities of wine from vines familiar to those who visit the winery, the Old Hill. Planted 1880, the vines provided fruit to O’Shea as hewed his reputation from and into the bedrock of the Australian wine story.
In 1965, new Shiraz vines were planted on three small parcels in the famed Rosehill vineyard. It is these three special parcels from which the 1965 Vines Shiraz fruit is sourced.
Hunter Valley Wine Show 2019
It's hard to think of superlatives when your breath has been taken away. This reaches into full-bodied territory and makes it its own. It's floral, earthen, boysenberried, rushed with cherries and plush with plum. Drinking it is like diving into a remote country creek; one sip and you're in a world of its own. Tannin. We have to talk about tannin. It's not just an aspect, it's a hill on which the wine is built. Think of a date between now and 2100 and if well stored this wine will likely still have wonders to impart.
98 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
Deeply fruited and rich, into boysenberry and raspberry, dried roses, tea and liquorice. Medium-bodied, dense and almost ferrous, yet the silk and gossamer glide of Rosehill runs true. Fills every corner of the mouth with flavour, yet stays trim. Such great tannin. Such great length. Stroke the suede. Enjoy the ride. Wondrous wine.
97 points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
Earthy, peppery, dried herb aromas, very savoury and non-grapy. The wine is full-bodied and rich, intense and powerful, with drive and muscle. A rugged, impressive wine with lots of depth and density, power and fleshiness. Excellent, and long-term.
96 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.