You know which your favourite wines are when you are always looking for an excuse to bring one out of the cellar for some dinner guests.
This was tasted with said guests, and a seasoned webber roasted whole fillet of beef accompanied by a roast vegetable one-pot.
The wine is deep red in colour and has a nose of earth, leather, spices and blackberry.
The palate is surprisingly elegant, but with wonderful structure and texture. It has all the above spice, leather, earth and blackberries, overlaid with fine grained tannins. The finish is long, luscious, graceful and velvety. Alcohol at 14.5% is in harmony with the whole.
This is just another in the long line of Maurice O’Sheas that are a sheer joy to drink. Sure there has been some vintage variation over the years (James Halliday in his Wine Companion once pointed it higher than Grange), however these wines are really the very essence of Hunter Valley and a perfectly true reflection of that region.