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 you!
Yet again, Mount Pleasant has received the best of the best 5 red star winery rating, alongside stellar results for our individual wines.
OUR TOP SCORING WINES
2010 Mount Pleasant Old Paddock & Old Hill Shiraz – 97 Points
The Old Paddock was planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1921, the Old Hill was first planted in 1880.
The wine has silky elegance and ultimate poise, its red fruits are cradled by fine tannins and just a hint of new oak.
I feel sad that I will be long dead before the wine reveals all it has to show. To 2050.
2007 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon – 96 Points
Festooned with Gold medals, the wine is undoudtedly superb, coming as it does from a good vintage and a very great vineyard.
The interesting part is the CO2 prickle that underwrites the longer term future of an already beautiful lemon and mineral- accened wine. To 2022
2010 Mount Pleasant High Paddock Shiraz – 92 Points
Highly recommended. A wine of great quality, style and character, worthy of a place in any cellar. To 2022
2012 Mount Pleasant Florence Sauvignon Blanc – 91 Points
Highly recommended. A wine of great quality, style and charcter, worthy of a place in any cellar.
2011 Mount Pleasant Jack Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 Points
Highly recommended. A wine of great quality, style and charcter, worthy of a place in any cellar. To 2020
O’SHEA AMONG HALLIDAY’S BEST EVER REDS
Mount Pleasant founder, Maurice O’Shea, is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest winemakers. As a result it comes as no surprise that in the 2014 Wine Companion James Halliday remembers O’Shea wines as some of the best reds he has ever tasted.
Maurice O’Shea stands alongside Max Schubert; the latter being the creator of Grange, Maurice O’Shea being the maker of very different wines at Mount Pleasant in the Hunter Valley. Whereas Grange is monumentally rich, the Mount Pleasant wines (Shiraz, often with a touch of Pinot Noir) have a unique sense of place, a fragrance and a suite of flavours that have background nuances of leather and earth, but with fruit flavours always present. The 1937 Mountain A Dry Red was ethereally delicate, yet still intense and long, when tasted in July 1984, and the 1944 Mount Henry, still amazingly fragrant in April 1996, are two of many.
– James Halliday 2014 Australian Wine Companion
So ends another successful ‘Halliday Season’ for Mount Pleasant, and under the leadership of new Chief Winemaker Jim Chatto we look forward to many more to come!