2013 Mount Pleasant 1946 Vines Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz
From a parcel of Rosehill Vineyard that dates back to 1946. Elaborate retro-packaging includes a micro-printed tale of Mount Pleasant and legendary winemaker Maurice O’Shea and Rosehill; the font is as lacy as the wine is. It’s a solid look for a wine of prestige from Mount Pleasant. Anyway, the vineyard speaks for itself, so to speak.
Lacy is a word to be repeated here. Texture is satiny and very delicate, fine tat-work with a firmness and a tenderness at once. Bruised red fruits with a lemony tang of acidity bringing the wine to chalky, lengthy close. Oak back seat and barely-there cedar in character. Sits so evenly in the palate, very elegant, almost flat in the mouth and a coiled expression that feels very youthful and fresh, yet needing time to unravel. Fine architecture in this wine, succulence to savour. Pretty impressive; better soon or with time open. Drink 2016 - 2033.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (January 2015)
Charles King planted the Old Hill, but O'Shea recognised the same red volcanic soil on Rosehill; the impact of this wine is immediate and striking, its medium-bodied palate full of juicy red and black fruits which demand to be swallowed, not ejected. Rosehill wasn't given the care it deserved in prior decades, but better late than never. The 1880 Vines Old Hill is a cerebral wine, Rosehill goes straight to the heart. Drink by 2063.
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (March 2015)