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McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz

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McWilliam's Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Clear red-crimson; a classic in the making; at this early point in its life, the influence of place and of variety are equally balanced, appropriate given the balance struck between oak, tannins, fruit and acidity. It will change greatly as it ages, progressively taking on the character of three wines: initially resolutely youthful; then changing as it moves towards adulthood; and finally as a mature wine that has nothing left to prove.

Screwcap. 14.5% alc.
James Halliday - Wine Companion Magazine - Top 25 Red Hot and Rated 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Maurice is back on form in the great 09 vintage, showcasing the fruit of the oldest vines of the most famous historic vineyard of the Hunter in all of their black plum and cherry glory. Tightly wound, poised and driven by the acid backbone and restraint of this long-ageing season.
Wine Taste - Edition 31 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright crimson; a classic in the making (tasted 6 weeks after bottling) with everything one could hope for from this great label: blackberry and plum fruit, great tannins, very good oak, and superb line, length and balance. Maurice O'Shea would applaud.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A brilliant modern shiraz whose dense, faintly meaty and dusty perfume of blackberries, cassis, blueberries and raspberries is lifted by a musky presence of blue flowers and white pepper. It's medium in weight but sumptuously flavoured, with a rich, juicy expression of brightly lit fruit artfully knit with charcuterie-like complexity and supple, willowy tannins, finishing long, smooth and briary.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
"Youthful hue; an unevolved bouquet, redolent of fresh crushed blackberries, redcurrant and an ironstone minerality running through the core; there is plenty of very good oak evident marrying with the fruit with apparent ease; medium-bodied with superfine tannins and vibrant almost crunchy acidity; long and deserving of some time in the cellar to show full potential.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Mattinson wrote a book on Mount Pleasant founder Maurice O'Shea in 2005 and, while that's a fair distance back, he sat out of the tasting and rating of this wine and left it to Walsh. He still drank his sample bottle though! An emphatically great wine. Lavish clove and aniseed oak, but pulled back from previous years, and anyway, it's better quality oak to boot. Super-fine tannins, earthy, sweet mixed-berry fruit, vanilla spice. Texture is quite something. Top wine. No heat. Just oodles of Hunter Lurve. This is a great one.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Dark and understated bouquet; flashes of oak, blackberry, redcurrant, spice and a touch of leather; the palate reveals a powerful array of flavours, not the least of which is the rich core of black fruit, complemented by tarry tannins; the finish is very long and the structure impeccable; this should age gracefully for decades.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The best of the Hunter’s best and oldest vineyards given due respect.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
The best of the Hunter's best and oldest vineyards given due respect.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A rich and complex wine, both in terms of texture and flavour; the predominantly black fruits have regional background nuances of earth, with an obvious but appropriate French oak infusion from completion of fermentation in barrel. Predominantly from the 125-year-old vines of the Old Hill Vineyard.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
A classic long-term and fully ripened Hunter shiraz whose deep, dark and brambly fruit and smoky oak are ably supported by a firm extract of coarse linen tannin. Laced with dark, sour-edged plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit and backed by chocolate/vanilla oak, it's plush and smooth, tremendously long, rustic and meaty, finishing with lingering undertones of spice and licorice.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Lusciously rich blackberry and spice; perfect oak integration; long finish. Best since O'Shea death in 1956.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
The savoury, complex spice, licorice and earth aromas are reflected in the latent power of the long, lingering, intense palate, with fine tannins running through its length.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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