The story of Mt Pleasant is one of the greatest in Australian wine history. It is tied in with one of Australia’s great wine makers Maurice O’Shea. The man who raised the bar to a level winemakers still chase. Luckily their current wines live up to the tales. They possess access to one of the finest Semillon vineyards in the Hunter if not the world and well as plenty of old vine Shiraz fruit.
In 2006 Mt Pleasant had an oversupply of Lovedale Semillon so part of it was rebadged as ‘Anne’ and sold at a discount rate. This is young, lemon blossom and hints of toast and flint. Lean, clean and in need of another 10-20 years in a good cellar. If opening now pick something light and simple like blinis to let the delicate nature show off.
This will be fresh and clean without fault thanks to the screw cap. Open and serve immediately. Keep it in the 10-16 degree area so it is not too cold.
Delicate flavours. Sashimi, goats cheese, kingfish will all work well.
Although it is historically very important to Australia. If you were planting Australia today from scratch you’d never even visit the Hunter. Rain almost every harvest and excessive heat mean hard work. But the results in the bottle show each year. Shiraz and Semillon are particular highlights.
A somewhat shy variety that is most famous for balancing Sauvignon Blancs overt tendencies in table wines and sauternes styles. It found a home in the Hunter where the early picked wines can live for 50 years.