News — News

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 ...

Read more
“There’s Wine In His Family Bloodstream.”

“There’s Wine In His Family Bloodstream.”

We recently came across an incredibly interesting article on Maurice O’Shea from the Daily Telegraph in 1954. Given O’Shea’s contribution to wine and the upcoming Maurice O’Shea Award, we thought it would be appropriate if we published the article for everybody to enjoy. The commentary is an amazing insight to this great man from a contemporary newspaper. The below article by Zelie McLeod is copied ad verbatim from the Daily Telegraph, October 9 1954. Maurice George O’Shea is a short,...

Read more
Winemaker Adrian Sparks Joins Mount Pleasant

Winemaker Adrian Sparks Joins Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is pleased to announce that Senior Winemaker Adrian Sparks will be joining their winemaking team in the Hunter Valley. Adrian joined McWilliam’s in 2002 as a graduate of Charles Sturt University and has since risen to the position of Senior Winemaker. Among other duties Adrian has been responsible for the very successful Tumbarumba Chardonnay projects, including the 842, Barwang and Armchair Critic wines. Adrian has also been responsible for the Tightrope Walker wines from...

Read more
Retirement Of Hunter Valley Legend Phil Ryan As Chief Winemaker

Retirement Of Hunter Valley Legend Phil Ryan As Chief Winemaker

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 trophies and 3194 medals, including 645 gold medals. Since 1921, there have only been a handful of Chief Winemakers at Mount Pleasant. The revered...

Read more
Mount Pleasant – 5 Red Star Winery In Halliday’s 2014 Wine Companion

Mount Pleasant – 5 Red Star Winery In Halliday’s 2014 Wine Companion

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 M...

Read more