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The Art Of Tasting Wine, By Maurice O’shea

The Art Of Tasting Wine, By Maurice O’shea

At Mount Pleasant, we’ve recently spent some time digging through the archives of historical material we have at the winery and we’re very pleased to be able to now present some of Maurice O’Shea’s personal notes. Maurice O’Shea, founder of Mount Pleasant and one of the most celebrated and revered winemakers in modern Australian wine history, was a prolific writer and academic on all things wine. He regularly lectured at wine industry events and put much of his knowledge on paper, giving ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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