Tuesday, March 08, 2005

2005 Vintage a Delight to Behold
Well in Pokolbin, anyway. Pokolbin? Where the hell is that? That's what wine blogs are for, to help with all these little details. Of course, you could just Google it! Pokolbin is in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia. The Hunter Valley is one of the oldest vineyard regions in Australia. Well known to Aussies, it really gets very little press outside the country. But one thing is for sure if the McWilliams Mt Pleasant Shiraz for 2005 are top wines then get some. We are talking, in particular, about the Maurice O'Shea Shiraz. The latest release is the 2000. Don't say you were not blogged in a timely manner.

In fact get a bottle or two of whatever you can get of the Mt Pleasant wines as, apart from being excellent, they are a little bit of Aussie wine history. As Langton's describes them in their Leading Australian Cult Wines page Maurice O'Shea is often regarded as the father of the Australian table wine industry. His wines (1921 to 1956) were remarkably good, begging the question why the Hunter Valley has not achieved its early promise in the market. I recommend the Maurice O'Shea Shiraz and the Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon.

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