Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 6pk 2021 - Allocation only

Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 6pk 2021 - Allocation only

Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 6pk 2021 - Allocation only
Winery Details

    The famed estate of Mount Pleasant has a well-storied past, founded by the visionary of Australian wine, Maurice O’Shea. It includes plantings of ancestral vines of 1880, as well as Australia’s oldest mother vine Pinot Noir planted in 1921 by O’Shea himself. It is the home of some of the first fine wines of Australia, and with just five winemakers over its 100-year history, it has maintained its status as a benchmark of the Hunter classics, Shiraz and Semillon.

Press Review

     Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 2021 | James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of Australia 2023 (Ned Goodwin MW)

    Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz 2021
    Deep red with a good purple tint and a bouquet that is reticent at first and builds meaty/charcuterie and savoury underbrush aromas with exposure to air. The palate is full bodied and fleshy, rich and dense with plenty of extract and satisfying length, the tannins and flavour lingering long and harmoniously on the follow-through. A dramatic wine and very impressive. A Hunter shiraz of gravitas, with a great cellaring future. An outstanding O'Shea. 
    Rating: 98 Points, #1 2021 Hunter Shiraz 
    Source: The Real Review

    Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz 2021
    I reckon 2021 is a better vintage than 2022, in general. This now sees very little oak, about 6% new or similar, and is a blend of 1921 and 1880 from OP & OH, with some 1946 Rosehill. Production is about 150 dozen. O’Shea always sells out quickly, I’m told.

    GW: Good perfume, slight earthiness, blackberry, raspberry and cherry, liquorice and sweet spices. It’s medium-bodied, silky and savoury, distinct toasted hazelnut character, with some ginger biscuit, a mix of red and blue berries, a fine net of powdery tannin, and a savoury and nori-laced red fruited finish of excellent length. Svelte and so lovely. 96 points.

    KS: Silky smooth in the mouth, squeaky a bit, a mix of pretty stuff, some dark in nature, fresh earth after rain, and wet forest breeze, autumnal leaves. But also fresh red rose petals, a hint of briar rose jam sweetness, and just a whiff of grilled hazelnuts in skins, or Amaretti biscuits as a top note. It’s mostly about tense and flavourful fruit skins, Damson plum-like, with plenty of fine leathery tannins. Black pepper spice to sign things off. I was at 96 first then 97 points.

    CM: The tannin structure, the meatiness, the mineral. This wine gives an insight into what makes this vineyard so special in a way that I don’t know that I’ve encountered before, in a young wine. It’s like the bookcase has spun around and oh, I get it, there it is, that’s why everyone keeps looking at these books. It has length and complexity and all those things but this wine has more than that. It’s like it’s saying, Let me show you something. I took one sip and thought, Don’t go. I took another and thought it again. This isn’t just a wine, it’s an insight. I remember, in a previous lifetime, someone texting me a line from the Wine Hunter book, which of course is set around the vineyard that this wine is grown on. At the end of the book O’Shea turns to the vineyard that has been his life’s work and thinks, What a mate for a man. That’s what someone texted me, apropos of nothing, without identifying themselves or the book. I opened my phone and there were the words:
    I’ve always wondered, and wanted, to know what the wines of this mate-of-a-vineyard tasted like when they were young.
    Today, from the first sip, is the day that I felt as though I stepped in closer to knowing.
    This is a ‘what a mate for a man’ wine.
    It’s got something to show you.
    Don’t go, I thought, again, after taking another sip. 98 points.
    Rating: 98 Points
    Source: Gary Walsh, Kasia Sobiesiak and Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front