Inspired by the first visit of a reigning monarch to Australia in 1954, today Mount Pleasant Elizabeth is the embodiment of the synergy achieved by combining the noble grape variety Semillon and the Hunter Valley. Having been placed in the cellars for extended bottle age, this small parcel of Semillon now enjoys the benefits gained from patience.
The word 'Paddock' was often used by legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea when naming his Hunter Valley vineyards and wines. It is also from the high paddocks throughout the region that some of its best plantings can be found. This High Paddock Shiraz uses fruit from younger vines on Mount Pleasant Estate that are sheltered from the winds and sun by the Brokenback ranges and produce a slightly different spectrum of red fruits.
The Pinot Noir block at Mount Pleasant Estate holds some wonderful significance being one of Australia's oldest plantings of the famed MV6 (Mothervine 6) clone originally brought to Australia by James Busby in the 1830's. A large majority of the Pinot Noir plantings in this country have been propagated using cuttings from this block.
A small creek runs through our Estate, dividing the Old Hill and Old Paddock vineyards. An easterly facing slope provides a perfect home for our Tempranillo and Touriga vines, planted in 2014. Red fruited and spicy, this elegant wine is built to drink in its youth. Perfect for a relaxed tapas dinner with friends.
Along Marrowbone Road you will find some of Australia's oldest vineyards, it is also where the Mount Pleasant winery calls home. Throughout the years, the vineyards have been thoughtfully adjusted to suit the times. With this in mind, Fiano was planted in 2014. This variety handles the often harsh conditions of the Hunter Valley with ease resulting in a textural wine with freshness and powerful fruit.
A master blender and visionary winemaker, Maurice O'Shea often blended Shiraz with Pinot Noir and other varieties. In pride of place was a string of 1940s releases named in honour of his great friend and supporter Henri Renault. The Mount Henry was created with a focus on elegance and subtlety rather than sheer power. The 2018 vintage is 80% Shiraz from the 1946 plantings on Rosehill, and 20% Mothervine Pinot Noir from the Estate, planted in 1921.