Certainly the Mount Pleasant Lovedale Vineyard stands as a paradox. It is only when you consider the simple aesthetics of the Lovedale Vineyard and the realities of the Hunter Valley climate, that you can truly appreciated what a visionary Maurice O’Shea was; to see beyond the adversity, plant a vineyard and create a wine some consider as Australia’s greatest white wine.

The vineyard is named after the original landholders, the Love family.

 

Vineyard Characteristics

Location:

Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW

Elevation:

60m

Size:

31.1ha

Varieties:

  • Semillon (22.1ha)
  • Chardonnay (7.4ha)
  • Verdelho (1.6ha)

Vine Orientation:

Mainly East-West

Vines Per Hectare:

2000

Row Spacing:

3.35m (some at 4.6m)

Vine Spacing:

1.5m

Soil Type:

Sandy aggregate loam topsoil, with friable red and yellow clay lower root zones

Trellising:

Vertical Shoot Positioning and Cordon Ballerina; to ensure maximum sunlight penetration, reduce the risk of disease

Irrigation:

Drip irrigation

Harvest:

January/February