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New Chief Winemaker Sparks a Spate of Trophies for Mount Pleasant

– Amy Hayes

28
Aug

27 August 2018, Pokolbin: Mount Pleasant, now headed up by Chief Winemaker Adrian Sparks has received phenomenal results for its 2017 1880 Vines Old Hill Shiraz winning five trophies at the Hunter Valley Wine Show held this week.

The wine, sourced from the original vines planted on the estate in 1880 wowed judges across the board and was awarded the –

  • Alexander Munro Trophy for Best One Year Old Shiraz
  • Drayton’s Family Trophy for Best Named Vineyard Red
  • Len Evans Trophy for Best Named Vineyard Wine
  • Hector Tulloch Memorial Trophy for Best Shiraz
  • Doug Seabrook Memorial Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show

Sparks, who took up the Chief Winemaker position in April this year is elated with the wins and thrilled a Mount Pleasant estate wine has been so well recognised by the esteemed judging panel.

“We are extremely fortunate to have access to some of the greatest vineyards in the Hunter. It has been a steady process of learning and understanding these vineyards to be able to craft wines that are true to the site and to the winery itself. These results are a deserving reward to a hardworking, dedicated team of people,” he commented.

Mount Pleasant wins 6 tophies at the 2018 Hunter Valley Wine Show

Traditionally known as an estate strong in their whites and specifically Semillon, the winemakers overseen by Group Winemaker, McWilliam’s Wines Group, Jim Chatto have spent many years evolving their red wine program. As part of this campaign has been the re-establishment of the winemaking philosophy of the Mount Pleasant’s original winemaker, Maurice O’Shea which has brought the Mount Pleasant red wines to impressive new heights.

“The Mount Pleasant red allocation is something the entire McWilliam’s Wines Group winemaking team look forward to every year. 2017 is no exception, with the full suite of profoundly delicious and unique Hunter Valley wines. Full credit to Adrian Sparks, who has guided these great vineyards expertly from grape to glass,” Chatto commented.

The wineries flagship Semillon was also recognised at the show with the 2009 Lovedale winning the Graham Gregory Memorial Trophy for Best Museum White. A further four wines from the 2017 vintage placed well at the show with gold medals going to
2017 Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz
2017 Old Paddock 1921 Vines Shiraz
2017 Rosehill 1965 Vines Shiraz
2017 Maurice O’Shea Shiraz

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