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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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Launch Of The B-Side Range

Launch Of The B-Side Range

Mount Pleasant is very pleased to announce the launch of the new B Side Range, an innovative project which gives the winemakers free reign to follow their instincts and hearts, to take some risks and create some truly memorable wines. Winemaker Scott McWilliam says that the name of the range speaks of its experimental and personal nature. The B Side of a record usually held an out of the ordinary bonus track, where artists took the opportunity to record and release a remix or a track deem...

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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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