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Q&A With Mount Pleasant Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks

Q&A With Mount Pleasant Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks

We recently sat down with Mount Pleasant Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks to gain some insights into how his mind ticks. Q: What was the moment that made you realise you wanted to be a winemaker? A: Working as a cellar-hand, I was in the barrel hall looking at hundreds of different types of barrels. I told the then winemaker if he just had one type of barrel it would make blending and winemaking easier. He explained to me that each barrel is unique, even the same barrels from the same coopers...

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Mount Pleasant V14 Report!

Mount Pleasant V14 Report!

After the near perfect conditions of 2014, the 2015 harvest started with some real challenges. On December 2, the Shiraz vineyards around the winery suffered a hail storm, resulting in some crop loss. Luckily (or by divine intervention) the Mothervine Pinot block (planted in 1921) was missed by the hail, and was ready to harvest well before the rain could have any impact. Arguably the star red out of 2015 for Mount Pleasant! The 2015 vintage whites are very respectable, with wonderful purit...

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3801 Limited Heritage Train Comes To Wine Country Sunday 8 March 2015

3801 Limited Heritage Train Comes To Wine Country Sunday 8 March 2015

Join us for a unique day of pure nostalgia and indulgence as the special heritage train departs from Sydney bound for wine country. Two famous Australian wine families McWilliam’s and Tyrrell’s are teaming up to give you the experience of a lifetime. On board the train, you will meet family winemakers and taste and compare world class wines from both wineries. The train will arrive at Maitland Station where you will have the option to visit the famous Mount Pleasant Winery or stay in Maitland...

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Halliday Names 2011 Maurice O’shea Best Shiraz In Australia

Halliday Names 2011 Maurice O’shea Best Shiraz In Australia

It is with great excitement that we announce that the 2011 Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz has been named as the Shiraz of the Year by James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion. Paying testament to the spirit of Mount Pleasant founder and legendary Hunter Valley winemaker Maurice O’Shea, this wine is the ultimate expression of Hunter Valley winemaking and a benchmark Australian Shiraz known across the world. This award winning wine will be released in October 2014. Chief Winemaker ...

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Q&A With Vineyard Manager Paul Harvey

Q&A With Vineyard Manager Paul Harvey

At Mount Pleasant, where some of the vines date back to 1880 and others were planted by the legendary Maurice O’Shea, the duty of managing the vineyards is a serious business. The significance of the role is not lost on Paul Harvey, who as Vineyard Manager is responsible for the 110 hectares of vineyards Mount Pleasant controls. For Paul, the vineyards of the Hunter Valley offer opportunities and challenges like no other Australian wine region. Q: What’s your favourite thing about your job?...

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