Wednesday, June 24, 2009


 - Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
 - $27-$42
 - Cork
 - 15.0%alc

Famous for its savoury, earthy, leathery and 'sweaty saddle'  like characteristics, Hunter Valley shiraz epitomises the exceptional diversity of Australian wine. Mount Pleasant's individual vineyard Rosehill Shiraz (vines planted 1946) is typically one of the best examples of this unique style.

Deep red/mahogany in colour, it presents a lightly spiced expression of redcurrants, cherry and licorice with restrained notes of polished leather and older oak. Beautifully elegant and smooth, its totally correct, medium-full bodied palate drives in a savoury, essence-like manner. With settled red fruit flavours enhanced by pencil shavings-like oak, it finishes long, fine and dry, as its initially soft and supple tannins build with even intensity well into the aftertaste.

üOutstanding value, the 2004 Rosehill is a truly elegant, pristine example of a medium-term Hunter shiraz. Drink to 2016.
94 points

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