The wines of Mount Pleasant have never been better. We caught up with chief winemaker Jim Chatto, the man who has taken this Australian icon to new heights.
What do you love most about wine?
Every bottle of wine is a virgin experience. Occasionally it can be heartbreaking, but it’s usually very rewarding. The greatest joy is when you sit down at the table with people who ask what you do for a living – it’s really nice to pour them a glass and say, ‘this is what I do’.
What drew you to Mount Pleasant?
I first tasted the 1984 Lovedale Semillon when I was at uni. It was about seven years old and I’d never seen a mature white look so young and fresh. I was always interested in the vineyards and history of Mount Pleasant – but this wine really intrigued me. After uni, I applied for a job at the winery. I didn’t get it. But here I am, some 20 years later. It feels good to be a small part of Mount Pleasant’s history going forward.
The 2014 Hunter vintage was one of the greatest in living memory for reds. Why?
Vintage 2014 was the best vintage since 1965. There was no disease pressure and there was a great balance of canopy relative to fruit, resulting in even ripening and a large picking window. Because of this, we were able to pick the fruit exactly when it was right, resulting in wonderful wines of great balance.
Why we love Mount Pleasant
• Brilliant winemaking from the best in the business
• Historic vineyards showcased in the glass
• An iconic winery being nurtured to even greater success
Hailing from the original 1946 Lovedale vineyard, planted by the late Maurice O’Shea himself. With time on its side, it comes ready with citrus, restraint and complexity that will continue to develop over time. A great wine with the classic citrus and lively acidity for which the Hunter is renowned.
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