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, says that the award is a great honour.
“Mount Pleasant’s place in the story of Australian wine is significant and we are thrilled to receive this prestigious award from a living wine legend, James Halliday.
When my grandfather shook hands with Maurice O’Shea in 1932 and provided the support he needed to develop and expand the Mount Pleasant Estate, a special partnership was formed.
That same philosophy still holds true today. By entrusting and empowering people that are passionate about producing exceptional wines, great things can happen. The Mount Pleasant team of recent years has been given this freedom and they have repaid our family business in spades, by producing wines that O’Shea himself would be proud of.
The pioneering spirit of Maurice O’Shea is alive and burning brightly in each and every person at McWilliam's Wines. In our business there wouldn't be a day that goes by without a mention of the man and the legacy he created.”
With 23 Hunter Valley vintages under his belt (four at McWilliam’s), Jim Chatto is responsible for the winemaking and stylistic direction of all McWilliam’s wines across its Australian portfolio and is only the fourth custodian at Mount Pleasant in 95 years.
“Mount Pleasant’s place in the story of Australian wine is significant. Such wonderful vineyard sites, and some of the world’s oldest vines; the opportunity to make truly great regional wines is amazing. I have been fortunate to have tasted some of the great Maurice O’Shea wines, from the 30s, 40s and 50s, as such I am well aware of the enormous gravity of the role, to honour the legacy of Maurice O’Shea,” Chatto said.
In addition to being awarded ‘Winery of the Year’ the 2009 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon has been named ‘Semillon of the Year’ – awarded a remarkable 98 points.
The late Maurice O'Shea planted the Lovedale vineyard in 1946 with incredible foresight, recognising that the unique structure of the land and the surrounding environment would deliver the tightness and acidity for world-class Semillon – still to this day.
The award winning 2009 vintage of the Lovedale Semillon will be available for limited release pre-sale open to Mount Pleasant Members from Thursday 11th August, 2016.
James Halliday also recognized the rest of the Mount Pleasant portfolio with some exceptional results, including:
- 2014 Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz – 99 Points
- 2009 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon – 98 Points; Semillon of the Year
- 2010 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon – 97 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant 1965 Vines Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz – 96 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant 1946 Vines Rosehill Vineyard Shiraz – 97 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant 1921 Vines Old Paddock Vineyard Shiraz – 97 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant 1880 Vines Old Hill Vineyard Shiraz – 97 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant (Mountain C.) Light Bodied Dry red – 97 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant (Mountain A.) Medium bodied Dry red – 96 Points
- 2011 Mount Pleasant (Mountain A.) Medium bodied Dry red – 98 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant Rosehill Shiraz – 96 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant OP&OH Shiraz – 98 Points
- 2009 Mount Pleasant Museum Release Rosehill Shiraz – 96 Points
- 2014 Mount Pleasant Mothervine Pinot Noir – 96 Points
For more information on Mount Pleasant Wines contact staff at the Hunter Valley Visitor Centre on 02 4993 6700