It was with a firm belief in regional definition, single vineyard wines and a thorough understanding of the Hunter Valley landscape the late Maurice O’Shea planted the famed Rosehill and Lovedale Vineyards in the Hunter Valley in 1946. Nearly sixty years on, the exceptional single vineyard Mount Pleasant wine stands as a quintessential expression of its origin, and honours the winemakers with the foresight and skill to make it.
Fruit for this acclaimed wine is sourced entirely from the Lovedale Vineyard, planted by legendary winemaker the late Maurice O’Shea in 1946. Since 1950, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon has stood as a quintessential expression of its origin and has today solidified its place as one of Australia’s benchmark Semillons. As a result of the success and quality of McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant is now arguably the custodian of the uniquely Australian Hunter Valley Semillon style. What is the McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon style? Restraint, elegance, citrussy characters in youth, complexity and richness with age, and outstanding quality throughout.
As if by alchemy, with age semillon slips into a toasty, butter brioche, lime-marmalade and waxy realm without its acidity wavering. This certainly has freshness and plenty of years ahead of it, but that magical 5-years-before-release-date includes all the other complex stuff. Drink to: 2028; Price: $90.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2018; Alcohol: 10.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Crisp and clear, perfume and hints of fennel, lime. Light, tight and very direct with great drive and clean minerally acidity, a tiny amount of chalkiness, and a very long citrus finish. Austere and traditional, though seems much ‘cleaner’ than your usual Lovedale. Bracing. Not a wine for now, but great things in store. Drink : 2019 - 2036+; Rated : 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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