Mount Pleasant Wines | Hunter Valley, Australia
The iconic Mount Pleasant Estate is nestled in the heart of Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley beneath the stunning backdrop of the Brokenback Range. Their vineyards stretch back to the very birth of the Hunter Valley as a premium wine growing region, planted by Charles King in 1880 and worked on by the legendary Australian winemaker and Mount Pleasant founder, Maurice O’Shea.
The Mount Pleasant Winery is part of the McWilliams Wines portfolio, one of Australia’s most renowned wine families and the family have enthusiastically embraced the concept of making single vineyard wines to demonstrate the diversity of which Australia is capable.
The winery is today one of the most awarded in Australia having won an incredible 6 Championships, 154 trophies, 682 gold, 818 silver and 1731 bronze medals since the late 1960s. And most recently the estate was voted Winery of the Year 2017 by James Halliday’s Wine Companion.
When the McWilliam family acquired ownership of Mount Pleasasnt in 1941, Maurice O’Shea was retained as Chief Winemaker and went on to make some of Australia’s most highly regarded wines. O’Shea’s groundbreaking work has been kept alive by revered winemakers Brian Walsh (1956-1978) and Phil Ryan (1978-2012). In 2013 Jim Chatto was appointed Chief Winemaker and became only the fourth Chief Winemaker to be based at Mount Pleasant.
The fact that there have been just four Chief Winemakers at Mount Pleasant since 1921 has ensured consistency of wine style and quality. As was O’Shea’s tradition, Mount Pleasant winemakers continue to bottle age commercial quantities of wines until they are considered at their peak.