Friday, 28 September 2012

McWilliams Mt Pleasant Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz 2010

There's a sexy feminine and masculine thing going on here...and damn, I really like it!

Ideally, I'd love to see the single vineyard wines from these two sites separately - if I could be so lucky. The job of blending the two must be a treat. Maurice O'Shea planted the Old Paddock in 1921 and the Old Hill was first planted in 1880. American and French oak are used for 18 months.

Gentle clove, chocolate, dark berry and oak all together presenting wonderful aromas.

The palate has plenty of interest to keep you on your toes. It is soft enough to be elegant whilst also being being big enough to add some grunt. Lovely mouth warmth welcomes the flavours which flow wonderfully from the aromas picked up. A dash of spice adds another dimension of deliciousness. Grippy tannins wrap it up.

A most enjoyable wine and something to savour.

Only two years old, this will develop very well over the years and will cellar easily to the long term.

Who: McWilliams
What: Shiraz (14.85% alc)
Where: Hunter Valley
When: 2010
How: $48

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