- Maurice O’Shea negotiated to purchase the Rosehill land from Emily Dunn during the Second World War, in March 1945. He was looking for a similar site to that of Mount Pleasant and what he found was 22 Ha of rich, volcanic loam soil.
O'Shea renamed the property the Rosehill Vineyard and the area was planted to Hermitage, as Shiraz was called in those days, proving an outstanding success.
The Rosehill vineyard is a beautiful site for Shiraz, red soils and a number of old and new blocks makes for an amazingly complex but still classically perfumed. A combination of hand-picked and machine harvested fruit, destemmed into open top fermenters. Cold soaked and fermented on skins for 11 days, the fruit was then gently pressed to large format French oak at 25% new. Blended and bottled within 15 months of harvest.
Region: Hunter Valley, NSW
94 Points - James Halliday
Super-refined and elegant; red fruits wrapped in a more savoury/earthy regional coat; only light to medium-bodied, but has great depth and will develop for decades.