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 Victoria’s Yarra Valley and the Last Horizon wines from Tasmania.

Adrian says that it is an honour to join the Mount Pleasant team.

“What excites me about Mount Pleasant is the history, and the thrill of working with some of Australia’s most regarded vineyards. Getting to work with fruit from vines planted by arguably Australia’s greatest ever winemaker is something to treasure and something you can never become complacent with. I want to learn about the history of Mount Pleasant, the vineyards, of the winery and the story of O’Shea and what better place to do it.’”

2013 alone saw Adrian’s wines collect many significant awards including:

  • NSW Wine Awards, NSW Wine of the Year – 2012 Armchair Critic Chardonnay
  • Brisbane Wine Show, Best Pinot Noir of Show – 2012 Last Horizon Pinot Noir
  • Melbourne Wine Show, Best Young Dry White Table Wine of Show – 2012 Tightrope Walker Chardonnay.

Adrian is also an accomplished wine show judge and in 2007 he completed the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC).

Having travelled extensively throughout the wine regions of Europe and North America, coupled with harvests in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Limoux, Adrian has a truly international view on wine style and quality.

Adrian completed the 2014 Harvest at Mount Pleasant and joins Chief Winemaker Jim Chatto in the next chapter of this iconic winery.

Mount Pleasant Chief Winemaker Jim Chatto says that is with great excitement that he welcomes Adrian to the team.

“Adrian brings tremendous experience across the Australian wine landscape; a keen eye for detail, and most importantly; the drive to make truly great wine! I am really looking forward to working with him towards realising the enormous potential here at Mount Pleasant.”

In addition to his role at Mount Pleasant Adrian will continue to oversee the McWilliam’s Group Tasmanian and New Zealand portfolios.