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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 Vintage 2014

Mount Pleasant Vintage 2014

After the hot dry end to 2013, near perfect January weather has resulted in outstanding vintage of intensity and wonderful balance. The whites are pristine and pure, with great length and line; and the flavour packed reds are showing early signs of a superb year in the Hunter Valley. Possibly the best red vintage since the 60’s! Harvest kicked off on the 8th of January; which is *earlier than anyone can remember. The ‘Old Hill’ Chardonnay was the first fruit in, closely followed by the ‘Mot...

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Winemaking Report - December 2013

Winemaking Report - December 2013

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 special already. 2013 has proven to be a very good year in the Hunter, with low to moderate crops producing wines of real intensity and great depth of flavo...

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Vineyard Report – December 2013

Vineyard Report – December 2013

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 for the product that it is destined for. Budburst commenced quite early for us, around late August for our early bursting varieties. The season commenced well, with budburst progressing quite quickly across all ...

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Vintage 2013 In Review

Vintage 2013 In Review

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 wet winter which enabled us to start the year with a full profile of soil water. Spring was very dry with supplementary water used in early October due to the dry conditions, which ...

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