Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged Elizabeth Semillon 2009

White Wine Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

The Mount Pleasant story began in 1880 when Charles King, an English immigrant, planted the 16.3ha Old Hill vineyard in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. In 1921, 24-year-old Maurice O’Shea convinced his mother to purchase the Old Hill vineyard, renaming it Mount Pleasant. Several years after completing a viticulture degree and lecturing in France, the McWilliam family, who were already well known for their fortified wines, purchased a half share in Mount Pleasant (acquiring the rest of the business nine years later). In 1967, the first Elizabeth Semillon was made, a grape that would later become synonymous with Hunter Valley. To honour McWilliam’s significant contribution to the Australian wine industry and the sophisticated use of oak and new blending techniques, they received the Maurice O’Shea award in 1990. In 2018, Adrian Sparks became chief winemaker, after working in the Yarra Valley and Tasmania. Most of the vineyards are several decades old, with the oldest ones (planted in 1880 and 1921) still yielding fruit.


All grapes for this wine were handpicked. At the winery they were de-stemmed, crushed, must chilled and the juice drained quickly from the skins. After a cold natural settling, the clear juice was racked off, warmed and inoculated with natural, neutral yeast for fermentation. The fermentation was slow and cool to retain the exceptional fruit flavour of the vintage. Three weeks after fermentation the wine was filtered before bottling, ensuring the retention of pristine varietal character.

Citrus fruits are coupled with honeysuckle and herbaceous characters in this wine. Bright and zesty on the palate with a linear mineral acidity. Crisp and lingering finish.


  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2009
  • ABV: 10,5%
  • Origin: Hunter Valley/Australia
  • Grapes: Semillon

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