Mount Pleasant

Australia - Hunter Valley

Mt Pleasant wines has a vineyard in the Southern Hunter Valley in what was known as the Parish of Pokolbin called “Old Paddock”.  It is aptly named as the vineyard was planted in 1880.   

In 1921 the vineyard was bought by a young winemaker Maurice O’Shea who at the tender age of 24 had already been studying winemaking & viticulture and had lectured at the prestigious Montpellier University in France.  Along with Max Shubert he would go on to become one of Australia’s most innovative and well respected winemakers of all time.

Not only is Mt Pleasant famous for being old and having a very famous winemaker.  It has a few other unique attributes.

Mt Pleasant specialises in single vineyard wines. Along with the Old Paddock it has Old Hill, Rosehill, Lovedale and Estate vineyards, all with distinctive terroirs to be able to achieve this.

Maurice O’Shea was Mt Pleasant’s first winemaker.  Current winemaker Jim Chatto is only the 4th Chief Wine Winemaker to head the operation since its inception in 1921.  Good job security at Mt Pleasant.

Mt Pleasant has quietly carved out a reputation as one of Australia’s pre-eminent exponents of Shiraz, Semillon and more recently Chardonnay.  The 2000 vintage of Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz outscored Penfolds’ Grange and Henschke’s Hill of Grace to be the highest rated Shiraz in the 2005 edition of James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.

Old vineyards, great single vineyard wines, talented winemakers.  Seems to have worked so far.

The wines

Stock code Description Vintage Volume Pack size Closure type
240201016 Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2016 750ml 6 Screw Cap
240211016 Mount Pleasant Eight Acres Semillon 2016 750ml 6 Screw Cap
240212011 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon 2014 750ml 6 Screw Cap
240216014 Mount Pleasant Home Paddock Shiraz 2014 750ml 6 Screw Cap
240206013 Mount Pleasant Philip Shiraz 2013 750ml 6 Screw Cap
240217013 Mount Pleasant High Paddock Shiraz 2013 750ml 6 Screw Cap
240219014 Mount Pleasant Rosehill Shiraz 2014 750ml 6 Screw Cap
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