10 year old Hunter Valley Semillon? Yes please! It is just coming out of that youthful phase of citrus and florals and moving into the toasty, honeyed characters. Drink from now, but there is plenty of life left in it. Pair with grilled flathead tails.
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.
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.