2022 Mount Pleasant Mount Henry Shiraz Pinot Noir
A blend of 82% Shiraz and 18% Pinot NoirDark red in colour with black shaded edges and a bright red purple hue. Fragrant scents of violet, red to dark cherry, liquorice, dried clove, earth and peppered meats drift from the glass. Light in body juicy red to dark cherry and red liquorice fruits infused with dried clove decorate the palate. Youthfully energetic and possessing polished tannins, scorched earth, black olive and peppered meat elements linger through the savoury mid length finish.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
Smells dark, black-fruited at first, toasty and nutty, oak sits atop with coffee aromas, and it just feels a bit angular. This release seems more Shiraz-y to me than the last year’s one that, even though had a similar blend proportion, looked more Pinot-esque. There are black olive tones with oily herb rub, dark chocolate tannin. Good weight, intensity, length. It seems, it doesn’t feel comfortable in its skin yet. Loving the fleshy, chewy black olive, however. Drink 2024-2033+
Kasia Sobiesiak – The Wine Front
Magnificent fruit is central to this historic blend, where shiraz provides the base and pinot the tannin, energy and detail. The fragrant, nutty oak is prominent right now, though with time, this will melt into the wine to form a treasured savoury accent. And honestly, once one pairs the wine with something savoury, the dynamics change and the oak slips into the background while the fragrant dark fruit prevails. The peacock's tail on the finish is utterly compelling and coaxes one into having another sip. Mighty fine fruit for a wine of this price. One for now and beyond. Drink by 2037.
Toni Paterson - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion