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RegionHunter Valley, NSW
WinemakerAdrian Sparks
ColourPale Straw with light green hues.
AromaFloral notes, lemongrass, lime and freshly cut lemons.
PalateBeautifully balanced palate with perfect acidity providing cut and drive. Wonderfully intense citrus fruit flavors with excellent persistence.
Growing ConditionsAn excellent year in the Hunter Valley. Dry throughout the growing season, the vineyards burst early but a cool spring slowed the growth periods, meaning ripening was around 2-3 weeks later than usual. December saw warm weather with average rainfall allowing for healthy and clean canopies giving excellent ripening conditions. January and February saw significantly lower than average rainfall conditions which meant ripening was even and let the team have the ability to pick fruit at its optimum ripeness. The Semillon blocks were picked slightly riper than normal due to the warm weather, with excellent power and flavor levels at slightly higher baumes.
Vinification/MaturationHand picked in the early morning to ensure the fruit was cool, destemmed to press where only 500 Litres per tonne of the finest free run was taken. Settled, racked and inoculated for a clean & cold fermentation which took 14 days. Chilled and fined before bottling.
Alcohol/Vol11.5%
pH3.05pH
Acidity (TA)6.0 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date03-04-2017
Peak DrinkingWill cellar for up to 35 years
Hunter Valley Semillon is one of the most chameleon-like styles: it can age gracefully and yet be utterly delicious and vibrant in youth. Then there's this wine that adds depth and complexity too. The requisite linear profile with a line of pure, strong, talc-like acidity glides right through the palate, as do flavours of lemongrass, lemon and mandarin.
96 points
James HallidayWine Companion

By the light of a gas lantern, the first vintage of Mount Pleasant was created. It was 1921 and Maurice O’Shea wasn’t afforded the luxury of electricity. Equipped only with the basic tools of a petrol driven crusher, hand pumps, an old basket press, blocks of ice and a concrete tank, O’Shea brought Mount Pleasant to life. It was a firm belief in regional definition, single vineyard wines and a thorough understanding of the Hunter Valley landscape the late Maurice O’Shea planted the famed Lovedale vineyard in 1946. Lovedale is home to an extraordinary wine of delicacy, yet power, of poise yet intensity, of effortless, yet haunting length. A true vineyard wine, that sings of place and of time, a wine that could be from nowhere else on earth.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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