Lovedale

Maurice O’Shea planted the Lovedale Vineyard in the lower Hunter Valley in 1946 on sandy aggregate loam soil, which helps to capture the perfect tightness and acidity for making quality Semillon.

The site of the Lovedale Vineyard was selected in 1939 by legendary Mount Pleasant founder and winemaker, the late Maurice O’Shea. The vineyard was planted after World War II, in 1946, and the first Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon was made in 1950.

Certainly the Mount Pleasant Lovedale Vineyard stands as a paradox. It is only when you consider the simple aesthetics of the Lovedale Vineyard and the realities of the Hunter Valley climate, that you can truly appreciated what a visionary Maurice O’Shea was; to see beyond the adversity, plant a vineyard and create a wine some consider as Australia’s greatest white wine.

The vineyard is named after the original landholders, the Love family.

Location

Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW

Elevation

60m

Size

31.1ha

Varieties

  • Semillon (22.1ha)
  • Chardonnay (7.4ha)
  • Verdelho (1.6ha)

Vine Orientation

Mainly East-West

Vines Per Hectare

2000

Row Spacing

3.35m (some at 4.6m)

Vine Spacing

1.5m

Soil Type

Sandy aggregate loam topsoil, with friable red and yellow clay lower root zones

Trellising

Vertical Shoot Positioning and Cordon Ballerina; to ensure maximum sunlight penetration, reduce the risk of disease

Irrigation

Drip irrigation

Harvest

January/February