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2003 Mt Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz Hunter Valley, 14.5%

Here are some notes from an earlier tasting in September 2006. ‘Legendary winemaker, the late Maurice O’Shea founded the Hunter Valley’s Mount Pleasant winery in 1921. This wine is a tribute to Maurice O’Shea, a true visionary, who is acclaimed as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers.’ That’s how the label reads on the 2003 Maurice […]

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Mount Pleasant 2007 Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon

2007 Mt Pleasant Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon, Hunter Valley 11%

Huon Hooke’s Wine of the Week in this week’s Sydney Morning Herald is this great bargain aged Semillon from McWilliams. Huon writes: ‘Hunter Semillon is one of the world’s greatest ageing white wines. Elizabeth is always released after some ageing (the 2012 and ’11 vintages are also available), but the proof of the pudding is […]

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2009 Moppity Reserve Hilltops Shiraz

What does ethereal mean? The dictionary describes it thus; extremely delicate or refined, exquisite, celestial or spiritual. I’m going to hang that well used tag on the 2009 Moppity Vineyards Hilltops Shiraz. This wine has a small percentage of Viognier  co-fermented that is small enough to be unobtrusive yet enough to add another dimension to […]

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Hunter Valley Gems, the two S’s

On a bleak, cold, rain-sodden Queens Birthday holiday we set out to reacquaint ourselves with two of the famous Hunter S’s; Shiraz and Semillon. Well at least the foul weather kept the crowds away, most tasting rooms we had to ourselves, which means we get the staff all to ourselves and get to learn a lot […]

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