10 Things To Do in the Hunter Valley

10 Things To Do in the Hunter Valley
16
Jan

It will come as no surprise to hear that wine is at the heart of the Hunter Valley lifestyle. However even the most avid wine lovers might need a break to their packed schedule of Hunter Valley cellar doors… You’ll be glad to know there is no shortage of things to do. Here is our […]

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Winemaking Report – December 2013

– Jim Chatto

Winemaking Report – December 2013
11
Dec

As Christmas fast approaches the winery team are busy putting together the final blends of our 2013 Chardonnays: Leontine and the new Simone, named after Maurice O’Shea’s only daughter.  Also being blended is our staff favourite, the coveted ‘Mothervine’ Pinot Noir. These three blends will be bottled in the New Year and are looking pretty […]

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Vineyard Report – December 2013

– Paul Harvey, Vineyard Manager

Vineyard Report – December 2013
11
Dec

  Our own staff and a group of contractors spent the cool winter months pruning the vines to set bud numbers, which is in my opinion, the most important task of the year. It is the period when we can set our crop load for the coming season, with each block having specific yield targets […]

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Decanting Wine: The Mount Pleasant Guide

Decanting Wine: The Mount Pleasant Guide
9
Dec

Want your wines to taste better? Wondering which wines you should decant and how you should decant them? Here are some tips on how and why it should be done. In years gone by, before wines were methodically filtered and fined to ensure the reduction of sediment, decanting was a practical and necessary way of […]

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The Mount Pleasant Guide to Cellaring Wines

The Mount Pleasant Guide to Cellaring Wines
19
Nov

To Cellar or not to Cellar? For many, the idea of having a personal cellar can seem a confusing and drawn out affair. But, more than ever, cellaring wine is becoming a necessary and valuable way to maximising your enjoyment of wines. In years gone past, many wines were bottled and stored at the winery […]

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Retirement of Hunter Valley legend Phil Ryan as Chief Winemaker

Retirement of Hunter Valley legend Phil Ryan as Chief Winemaker
9
Oct

Mount Pleasant is one of the Hunter Valley’s most awarded and iconic wineries. The bulk of the success enjoyed in recent years can be attributed to the hard work and prodigious winemaking talent of the recently retired Chief Winemaker, Phil Ryan. Throughout his stewardship, Mount Pleasant was awarded a staggering three championships, more than 169 […]

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Q&A with Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker, Jim Chatto

– Mount Pleasant Wines

Q&A with Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker, Jim Chatto
4
Oct

Earlier this year, Jim Chatto joined the team as the new Chief Winemaker. Amazingly, he is only the fourth Chief Winemaker to be based at Mount Pleasant since the legendary Maurice O’Shea established the winery in 1921. Jim brings stellar credentials and an appetite for creating exceptional wines, boasting 20 vintages of Hunter Valley Winemaking […]

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MOUNT PLEASANT – 5 RED STAR WINERY IN HALLIDAY’S 2014 WINE COMPANION

– Mount Pleasant Wines

MOUNT PLEASANT – 5 RED STAR WINERY IN HALLIDAY’S 2014 WINE COMPANION
9
Aug

IT’S HALLIDAY SEASON! Every year we hold our breath during July while we wait for the release of the highly anticipated Australian Wine Companion from legendary wine critic James Halliday. This time of the year is affectionately known to us as the ‘Halliday Season’ and finally we can exhale and share the good news with […]

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Vintage 2013 in Review

– Scott McWilliam - Senior Winemaker

Vintage 2013 in Review
21
May

Vintage is the most defining and challenging moment each year and in the Hunter Valley, with its sometimes humid and rainy nature, this can be magnified. From a viticultural point of view, the story of 2013 started after the harvest of 2012. Pruning commenced in May and into June as per normal, with a reasonably […]

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Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month at Mount Pleasant

– Craig Stephenson - Member Services Manager

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Month at Mount Pleasant
16
May

If you are considering a trip to the Hunter Valley then the month of June is the perfect time to visit. For true lovers of wine and food the winter months are great for long lazy lunches in the winter sun, or extravagant slow-cooked dinners by the fire. The Hunter’s winemakers and chefs alike invite […]

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