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  • 1952 Maurice O'Shea Lunch (Sydney, Australia): My first wine from the legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea. The level on this was quite low, around mid-shoulder, so there was some risk involved. We opened the wine just before serving and the cork was soaked through and in poor shape.

    The colour was great for a 60 year old wine, maroon in the middle and fading away toward the edges. The nose was very much in the style of great Hunter Valley Shiraz - leather and earth with tobacco, cherry and some of that brown sugar character that these old wines can take on. The palate is alive with sweet old red fruit that carried across the length of the wine and some integrated acidity to give it drive. The flavours held and didn't fade away in the hour that we spent with it. The condition was all we could have hoped for - it isn't the very greatest old wine I've had, but it was still a great old wine - true to its place and maker and an experience to remember.

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