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Inspired by the first visit of a reigning monarch to Australia in 1954, today McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Elizabeth is the embodiment of the synergy achieved by combining the noble grape variety Semillon and the Hunter Valley. Renowned for its unique ability to be enjoyed when fresh and admired when allowed to age gracefully, McWilliam's celebrates both styles through Elizabeth. Having been placed in the Mount Pleasant cellars for extended bottle age, this small parcel of Semillon now enjoys the benefits gained from patience.

Pale golden with a hint of bright green hues. Fresh limes and grapefruit, lemon blossom, and hints of pineapple and cut grass complexity. Lively fresh citrus palate with ripe citrus flavours, a fleshy palate with fine acidity and a long lingering finish. This is a seamless wine of rich citrus flavours and fine acid structure hinting at the potential for this wine to cellar with great longevity.

The name is an echo of legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea's habit of using a delphic code of initials or Christian names of friends on his labels. Year in, year out, Elizabeth has been one of the best value wines in Australia. This has a pale, bright straw-green hue, the floral bouquet with notes of herb, citrus and lanolin; the palate is gentle and well balanced, its fruit clasped by bright acidity, its long future by its screwcap. Date Tasted: Feb 2011; Alcohol: 11.5%; Rating: 93 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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