A flagship wine for the Hunter Valley’s Mount Pleasant and a blend of the best fruit available, a stunning deep purple in colour.
Intense red and black fruits combined with spice create a complex and beautiful aroma.
On the palate the fruits are at the front with a perfect acidity and tannin balance providing an exhilarating intensity and length.
Chief wine marker Adrian Sparks says this drop is, “Unmistakably Hunter Valley, this wine is classically medium bodied with fruit to the fore. Displaying all the hallmarks of a wine that sits alongside the best of Mount Pleasant’s releases, it sings of fresh fruits and spice with a palate that is sophisticated, brilliantly balanced with length and poise and cellaring potential well beyond 50 years.”
Gently pressed and matured in French oak barrels for almost 14 months.
Elegant and fine, captivating and complex, this is one for now or for the cellar.
“The flagship, crafted with the finest fruit from the famed proprietary sites: Old Hill, Old Paddock, Rosehill 1946 and 1965 Vines. As with the other reds in the stable, maker Adrian Sparks has lightened the structural lattices to impart greater freshness and joy. Full and plummy, the wine spent but 10 months in large-format French wood, less than 20% new. The result, almost as pulpy and vital, as it is dense and torqued. Wonderful tannins, alloyed and finely knit. A textural opus. Anise, loamy wet earth scents and flavours of sarsaparilla, clove and cardamom, too. Better after two days in the bottle, indicating just how well it will age. Stellar wine.”
97 – Ned Goodwin, Wine Companion