Get to know our vines!
We know you love our wines, but how much do you know about where our grapes come from? Maurice O'Shea founded Mount Pleasant Wines when he was just 24! 100 years ago, all that stood on the site was the Old Hill vineyard. Planted in 1880 by Charles King, the 41 year old Old Hill Shiraz vine provided the foundation for Maurice O'Shea's Mount Pleasant wines. Whether or not King knew it, planting the Old Hill at the foothills of Mount Bright proved a masterstroke - the vines are spared the inte...Read more
Maurice O’shea Photos Brought Back To Life
We are very pleased to present a digitally colourised collection of photographs of Maurice O’Shea and the Mount Pleasant winery from the 1950’s. The original series of black and white photographs were taken by Max Dupain, who is one of Australia’s most revered and celebrated photographers. Max Dupain was born in Sydney in 1911 and his illustrious career continued up until just before his passing in 1992. His works also feature in many of the great galleries across the world as well as s...Read more
“The Art Of Harmonising Wines And Foods” By Maurice O’shea
With the approaching Maurice O’Shea Award we thought we would publish another entry from his personal notes. As well as being a master winemaker and blessed with a remarkable palate for wine, Maurice O’Shea was actually a very well regarded chef. The dinner parties he threw for his friends were famous not just for the company, but because Maurice O’Shea put incredible thought into the meals he served and the wines he matched with them, structuring the evening to show the best of the food a...Read more
The Art Of Tasting Wine, By Maurice O’shea
At Mount Pleasant, we’ve recently spent some time digging through the archives of historical material we have at the winery and we’re very pleased to be able to now present some of Maurice O’Shea’s personal notes. Maurice O’Shea, founder of Mount Pleasant and one of the most celebrated and revered winemakers in modern Australian wine history, was a prolific writer and academic on all things wine. He regularly lectured at wine industry events and put much of his knowledge on paper, giving ...Read more