2022 Mount Pleasant O.P. & O.H. Shiraz
Sourced exclusively from the Mount Pleasant Old Paddock and Old Hill vineyards, this shiraz blend has been made since the mid-1960’s using vines dating back to 1880.
Deep dark red black tinged colour with a vibrant dark red hue. Nosing offers up aromas of red to dark cherries, red plum and red liquorice which are intermeshed with scorched earth, hints of graphite and peppered herb notes. Medium bodied savoury red cherry, plum and red liquorice fruits make a silky entrance with scorched earth, dried herb and peppered meat characters shining through the back half. Refined mouth feel with polished yet sturdy tannins extending through to a fresh, impressively elegant and fleshy finish.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
A strongly regional nose of fecund earth, terra-cotta, blood plum and a sluice of licorice strap, with a peppery streak at the tail. Yet there is nothing heavy about this at all, as is the wont at this address. An older iteration was among the finest domestic wines ever drunk. This, similarly mid-weighted and uber savory. Sure, there is more blue to dark fruited grunt than the Rosehill sibling, yet the end result is one of thrilling intensity. A tightly bound tannic sheath, juxtaposed against a welcome levity. Drinkable now, but best from 2025 and way beyond. Screw cap.
All the 1880 Old Hill went into this wine in 2022. 20% new French oak. It’s labelled O.P. & O.H. again, though some years it was Old Paddock and Old Hill, which kind of makes the search function a bit of a nightmare, so I’ve added all the words.
Iodine, quite umami, porcini mushroom, dark fruit and liquorice, a little spicy biscuit and cedar oak in tow. Medium-bodied, dark fruit and spice, earth and dark chocolate, tannin has grip and fleshiness, a little rugged maybe, but sits well within the wine, and the finish is pretty deep and earthy, with some boysenberry freshness to close. Quite savoury, but kind of typical OP & OH in that way. Drink 2025-2038+
Gary Walsh – The Wine Front