The word 'Paddock' was often used by legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea when naming his Hunter Valley vineyards and wines. And it's from the high paddocks throughout the region that some of its best plantings can be found. This 2010 High Paddock Shiraz captures the essence of the region and its story with lifted spicy red berry flavours framed by hints of subtle oak.
- NSW - Hunter Valley
- New South Wales
Doesn't take long to ensnare you with its relaxed, but very insistent, medium-bodied palate; it is a lowly entry point wine for the big guns of Mount Pleasant from '13, which is decidedly unfair. Rating 93 - Drink by 2025, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2015).
Lovely name for a wine, High Paddock. Perhaps a good place to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks. Mount Pleasant has become a winery to watch, once again. Not sure why we’ve missed reviewing the 2010 and 2011 iterations of this wine, but there you go.
Ripe red fruit, liquorice, brown spices and red earth. Medium bodied, well fruited, even acidity and gentle chalky tannin, dry finish of good length. Offers most of the things you want in a Hunter Shiraz, delivered at a very keen price. No complaints. Classic wine style, delivered with style. Rating 93 - Drink by 2025+, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au (JUL/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
Intense dark red brick with vibrant magenta hues.
Dark plum fruit with generous amounts of spices of cinnamon, black pepper, and a hint of licorice.
Delicious dark fruits on the front palate with a silky mouth feel giving excellent structure, balance and length. Nicely balanced acid with a soft velvety tannin with excellent length.
Best with lamb Kebab with Chilli Couscous.