Founded in 1921 by the legendary Maurice O’Shea, whose contribution to Australian wine cannot be understated. Widely recognised for setting the standard for modern Australian winemaking, his ‘fanatical perfectionism’ saw him create Mount Pleasant’s signature style of elegance, balance and exceptional longevity. For 100 years, Mount Pleasant has produced iconic, elegant and expressive wines championing the fruit and individual character of our four vineyard sites. The rare ancestral vines include some of the oldest clone plantings in the country. This makes the Old Hill vineyard, while best known for Shiraz, the oldest Pinot Noir vineyard in Australia.
Maurice O'Shea was a pioneer of Australian wine, creating long-lived, highly celebrated wines from the 1920s through to the 1950s that were admired the world over. Named in Maurice O'Shea's honour, this wine was crafted using the very best rigorously selected parcels from the Mount Pleasant Estate to create a wine that firmly speaks of its Hunter Valley home.
Bright crimson; a classic in the making (tasted six weeks after bottling) with everything one could hope for from this great label: blackberry and plum fruit, great tannins, very good oak, and superb line, length and balance. Maurice O'Shea would applaud. Drink by: 2050; Date Tasted: March 2011; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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