Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 1996

  • Named after Mount Pleasants legendary winemaker Maurice O'Shea
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  • 94 Points, James Halliday
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  • James Halliday
    94 points

Editors notes

Made in honour of the legendary winemaker and founder of Mount Pleasant, Maurice O'Shea. This Shiraz is sourced solely from the same old vines once tended to by Maurice himself.


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  • James Halliday

    ""Medium red-purple; a wonderfully scented and aromatic bouquet with cedar/smoky characters introducing a fine, long cherry-flavoured palate, finishing with supple tannins. Gold medal 1998 National Wine Show.""

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The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

New South Wales

Home to 14 official wine regions, New South Wales offers a diverse and wide-ranging expanse to produce wines that appeal to every palate.

From Australia’s oldest continuous wine region – the famous Hunter Valley – to exciting new cool climate regions such as Orange, the Southern Highlands and Tumbarumba, these regions can be found to produce some of the best Australian Wine around. Recognised as the second-largest wine-producing state in Australia, New South Wales is also the most populous state with its wine consumption far outpacing the region's wine production. Although the Hunter Valley region is well known, the majority of wineries are located along the Murray and Darling Rivers (in the south-east of the state) which supplies water for many of the region's wineries.

Other regions within New South Wales include the Canberra District, Cowra, Gundagai, Hastings River, Hilltops, Mudgee, New England, Perricoota, Riverina and the Shoalhaven Coast.

Hunter Valley

Internationally, Hunter Valley is one of Australia’s two most well known wine regions, alongside Barossa Valley in South Australia. Located about a two hour drive north of Sydney, the region is very popular for weekend escapes from the city of Sydney.

Hunter Valley’s climate includes regular droughts or floods, seemingly less than desirable conditions to grow grapes, with the hot, humid summers and cool winters. Nevertheless, the region has been under cultivation since the 1800’s and is responsible for putting Australian wine, in particular Semillon and to a lesser extent Shiraz, on the world wine map. Winemaking pioneers such as Bruce Tyrrell and Len Evans helped the region gain worldwide recognition.

The famous Hunter valley Semillon was for many years known as ‘Hunter Valley Riesling’ and is never matured in oak. It is however one of the most ageworthy whites in the country with bottles showing an inordinate ability to age gracefully. Bottle-aged Semillons will often exhibit burnt toast and honey characteristics, slight nutty notes and supremely complex flavours on the palate. This palate complexity is coupled with soft acidity and the finish can be very long indeed.

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About the brand Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant embodies the essence of the Hunter Valley. Established by industry icon Maurice O’Shea in 1921, Mount Pleasant’s history is as rich as its quality. Entwined with the McWilliam’s family since 1932, Mount Pleasant was a pioneer for young table wine in its early years and has evolved into a statesman of Australian wine, renowned for its Semillon and Shiraz.

Current winemaker, Jim Chatto, carries with him a rare legacy as the fourth chief winemaker at Mount Pleasant since its inception by Maurice O’Shea. Jim knows the Hunter like the back of his hand, having completed 20 vintages in the region and picking up a swag of awards on the way, including 2009 Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year, as well a 2010 Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year finalist and a nomination for Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year in 2014. “Mount Pleasant’s place in the story of Australian wine is significant and having had the rare privilege of tasting some great O’Shea wines, I’m aware of the gravitas the role carries and the enormous responsibility to honour the legacy of Maurice O’Shea and the individuality of each Mount Pleasant site, as well as the broader McWilliam’s brands,” says Jim.

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