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Mount Pleasant Ignites A Spark In Chief Winemaker Role

Mount Pleasant Ignites A Spark In Chief Winemaker Role

Sydney/Pokolbin, 14 May 2018: Today McWilliam’s Wines Group announces a new era for winemaking at the iconic Mount Pleasant winery as Adrian Sparks moves into the role of Chief Winemaker. Only the fifth Chief Winemaker in the 98-year history of the winery, Adrian sits among some of Australia’s most celebrated winemaking alumni including the late great Maurice O’Shea and most recently, the highly celebrated Jim Chatto. Adrian has proved his incredible skill and passion for the Hunter Valley ...

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Australia’s Best Winery Experiences

Australia’s Best Winery Experiences

Find out why Mount Pleasant has received the honour of being named one of ‘Australia’s Best Winery Experiences’in a recent review by BUPA Travel Insurance.Australia is home to some of the world’s most enchanting vineyards. With rich soil and optimum growing conditions, the hills, rivers and valleys of our great southern land, yield grape varieties as diverse as the regions that grow them. The result is a worldwide reputation for… Read the full article.

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Mount Pleasant Announced As James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017 ‘Winery Of The Year’

Mount Pleasant Announced As James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017 ‘Winery Of The Year’

Australia’s doyen of wine, James Halliday AM, has awarded the Hunter Valley’s Mount Pleasant, 2017 Winery of the Year. Mount Pleasant, established in 1921, was honoured with seven shiraz scoring between 97 and 99 points, supported by three semillon scoring more than 95 points. Halliday credits the appointment of McWilliam’s Chief Winemaker Jim Chatto in 2013 as key to the winery’s growing success and the renaissance of Australia’s original winemaking region. McWilliam’s CEO, Jeff McWilliam,...

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The Results Are In! Mount Pleasant Receives Exceptional Reviews In The Halliday Wine Companion 2016

The Results Are In! Mount Pleasant Receives Exceptional Reviews In The Halliday Wine Companion 2016

The 2016 Halliday Wine Companion has been released and Mount Pleasant Wines has continued its dominance in producing exceptional wines out of the Hunter Valley and has once again been awarded a 5 red star winery status (highest possible rating, only awarded to Australia’s top wineries). James Halliday said of our winery… “Mount Pleasant is going to continue to throw down the gauntlet to all other wineries in the Hunter Valley. Its offer this year is extraordinary: 14 of 17 wines tasted gi...

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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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