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MCWILLIAM'S MOUNT PLEASANT Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley 2011

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MCWILLIAM'S MOUNT PLEASANT Lovedale Semillon, Hunter Valley 2011

Lovedale is both a vineyard and a wine. The site was selected in 1939 by legendary Mount Pleasant founder and winemaker the late Maurice O’Shea. It was planted in 1946, with Semillon accounting for more than two-thirds of its 31ha. The first Lovedale Semillon was made in 1950 and the wine is today considered one of Australia’s (and the world’s) finest semillons, evidenced by its place in the Langton’s Classification. Handpicked grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, must chilled and the juice settled. The clear juice is racked off, warmed up and inoculated with a neutral yeast. A slow, cold ferment retains fruit flavour. One month after fermentation the wine is blended, stabilized and sterile filtered prior to bottling. Lovedale is released with five or more years of bottle age. The nine vintages released between 1999 and 2011 won 29 trophies and 57 gold medals in Australian and international competition. As James Halliday says: ‘Lovedale is one of the greatest Australian semillons, with a life span measured in decades, not years’.
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Lovedale is both a vineyard and a wine. The site was selected in 1939 by legendary Mount Pleasant founder and winemaker the late Maurice O’Shea. It was planted in 1946, with Semillon accounting for more than two-thirds of its 31ha. The first Lovedale Semillon was made in 1950 and the wine is today considered one of Australia’s (and the world’s) finest semillons, evidenced by its place in the Langton’s Classification. Handpicked grapes are de-stemmed, crushed, must chilled and the juice settled. The clear juice is racked off, warmed up and inoculated with a neutral yeast. A slow, cold ferment retains fruit flavour. One month after fermentation the wine is blended, stabilized and sterile filtered prior to bottling. Lovedale is released with five or more years of bottle age. The nine vintages released between 1999 and 2011 won 29 trophies and 57 gold medals in Australian and international competition. As James Halliday says: ‘Lovedale is one of the greatest Australian semillons, with a life span measured in decades, not years’.
  • Style: Semillon
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Region: Hunter Valley
  • Code: MLS
  • Varietal: Semillon
  • Country: Australia

Region Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a Franceaction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal Franceinge north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-
The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a Franceaction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal Franceinge north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-worthy Semillon and Franceesh savoury medium-bodied Shiraz, although Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also perform well.
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Winery MOUNT PLEASANT

The historic Mount Pleasant vineyard was established in 1921 by Maurice O’ Shea, the legendary winemaker and father of wine in the Hunter Valley. The vineyard is found in Pokolbin in the Lower Hunter, NSW. In 1941 the McWilliams family bought Mt Pleasant Estate keeping O’Shea on as winemaker. In 1945 the iconic single vineyards, Lovedale and Rosehill vineyards were planted, they go on to become some of the best Semillon and Shiraz this country has to offer, pure expressions of the Hunter Valley. It is in 1967 that Mount Pleasant produces the first Elizabeth Semillon, a more approachable Semillon with age ability. Wines produced include Semillon and Shiraz, which excel in the Hunter Valley, as well as Verdehlo, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, ranging from premium Flagship to everyday favourites
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