Having produced many classic, memorable wines, the Old Hill and Old Paddock vineyards – established in 1880 and 1921 respectively – have firmly established their places among Australia’s premier vineyards.
- NSW - Hunter Valley
- New South Wales
Crimson-purple; also tasted early; the bouquet is very fragrant, and the medium-bodied palate is wonderfully supple and smooth; there is an abundance of high quality fruit, with some red berries as well as dark. Great future.Drink By 2044: Rating 95 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
Intense dark crimson red
Sweet red and black fruit notes with brown spice complexity and aromas of spicy vanillin oak
A sweet dark fruit palate with red spice supported by black fruit tannin and vanillin oak. The finish is rich with chocolatey tannins, vanillin oak and a core of rich, ripe fruits.
Affectionately known as ‘OP&OH’, this wine is entirely sourced from the Old Paddock (planted in 1921) and Old Hill (planted in 1880) vineyards. Hand picked in February, grapes are crushed and cold soaked for 24 hours prior to fermentation on skins, which takes place over 8-9 days in headed-down stainless steel containers, with pumping over twice daily. The wine is then pressed and transferred into new American and French oak hogsheads where primary and malolactic fermentation is completed. Every six months, the wine is racked off and returned to the same oak for a maturation period of 18 months.