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RegionHunter Valley, NSW
WinemakerScott McWilliam
ColourVery pale straw.
AromaThis wine is refined and restrained, a testament to its aging potential. The aromas are of freshly cut citrus with hints of freshly cut hay and vanilla.
PalateThe wine is fine, tight and pure. Reflective of the aromas the wine tastes of fresh lemon and limes. The texture is light, bright and pure with a fresh line of acidity along the palate. The finish is fresh dry and seamless.
Growing ConditionsAn early ripening year with warm dry conditions prior to picking meant rapid sugar and flavour development throughout the first few weeks of January. The growing conditions were mild with no disease pressure for the early picked varieties.
Vinification/MaturationGrapes were picked early in the morning to retain fruit freshness and quality. The juice was handled such that oxidation was eliminated ensuring the retention of fresh fruit characteristics which show in the resulting wine. The juice was fermented cold for 3 weeks. The resulting wine had minimal lees contact before blending and final filtration ready for bottling.
Acidity (TA)7.10 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Peak DrinkingWill cellar for up to the next 15 years
The gleaming straw-green with the light bulb inside the glass is the only sign of its age. This really is something special, and a gold medal at the Sydney Wine Show barely does it justice. It has a lightness, a spring in its step, that can be suppressed by the Hunter Valley acidity code, but not here.
96 points
James HallidayWine Companion

Inspired by the first visit of a reigning monarch to Australia in 1954, today Mount Pleasant Elizabeth is the embodiment of the synergy achieved by combining the noble grape variety Semillon and the Hunter Valley. Renowned for its unique ability to be enjoyed when fresh and admired when allowed to age gracefully, Mount Pleasant celebrates both styles through Elizabeth. Having been placed in the Mount Pleasant cellars for extended bottle age, this small parcel of Semillon now enjoys the benefits gained from patience.


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