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Mount Pleasant Wines | Pokolbin

Mount Pleasant Wines Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley Wine

Mount Pleasant Wines

One of the Hunter Valley’s oldest and most iconic wineries, Mount Pleasant Wines are guardians to the legacy of the great Maurice O’Shea and defenders of excellence in regional winemaking.

Whether you are just starting your journey of wine discovery or you are well versed in the wonders of wine, a trip to the Mount Pleasant Wines Cellar Door is a must for all visitors to the Hunter Valley.

Winner of 2014 Gourmet Traveller Best Large Cellar Door – Hunter Valley, and 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, their passionate staff will ensure you experience the very best Mount Pleasant has to offer.

Mount Pleasant Wines Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley Wine

A visit to Mount Pleasant is a wonderful experience on many levels. The natural beauty of the location is framed by the backdrop of the stunning Brokenback Range and the scenery would have changed very little from the time of Maurice O’Shea.

Whether you visit to simply taste our incredible wines, to enjoy a meal or for something more auspicious like a wedding, we are confident that your experience will be everything you could hope for.

The winery, cellar door and restaurant are all surrounded by the famous vineyards that are the very reason for Mount Pleasant’s reputation as one of the truly great wine estates of Australia.

In recognition of our outstanding customer service, Mount Pleasant was recently named the Hunter Valley’s Best Large Cellar Door in the 2014 Gourmet Traveller Wines’ Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards as well as receiving a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

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Contact Mount Pleasant Wines

401 Marrowbone Road
Pokolbin NSW 2320
Australia

Telephone (02) 4998 7505

Opening Hours

Open 7 Days 10am – 4pm Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Directions to Mount Pleasant Wines

The Vintry

The Vintry is a stunning architecturally designed Country House, luxuriously appointed with the highest quality furnishings and fittings but with the feel of a traditional bush retreat. A contemporary property with 4 spacious bedrooms includes 1 king size bedroom with hydrotherapy spa bath and 3 queen size bedrooms each with its own ensuite bathroom and private deck for those times when you would like some personal time to relax.

Hunter Valley Accommodation

Best Deluxe Accommodation 

Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards Gold 2009, 2010. Silver 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012.
NSW Tourism Awards Gold 2009. Silver 2012. Finalist 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013.
Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Finalist Best Deluxe Accommodation 2009.

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Top 10 Restaurants

Hunter Valley Restaurants

Whether it be a day-trip, a weekend away, or a short break, the Hunter Valley has added to its great reputation as a world class wine region and is increasingly becoming a mecca for foodies wanting to taste the region’s local produce on the plate as well as in the glass.

And there is a magnificent dining choice available from leisurely brunches, casual tapas, cheeses and full degustation fine dining. Enjoy our list of just some of what the Hunter Valley has to offer.

Muse Kitchen
Muse Kitchen at Keith Tulloch Wines

Amanda’s on the Edge

Magnificent views from every table or enjoy a long lunch on the veranda in the shade during summer overlooking the vineyards and paddocks with grazing cattle to the magnificent Broken Back Range. In winter get cosy by the fire and enjoy food that is not overcomplicated. Amanda’s allows the fresh combinations of perfectly selected ingredients to speak for themselves, marrying flavours with care, highlighting natural produce by adding a touch of spice, a splash of zest, a hint of citrus, or a drizzle of dressing to create mouthwatering dishes.

Amanda’s on the Edge – 1039 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Phone +61 2 4998 7900

Bistro Molines

Perhaps the best view in the Hunter Valley. If you have ever experienced the food and hospitality of Robert and Sally Molines during their many years in the Hunter Valley, then you are likely to be a regular at Bistro Molines. If not, spoil yourself and experience a little piece of Europe in the Hunter Valley at Mount View. Awarded a Sydney Morning Herald Good Guide Chefs Hat each year from 2010 to 2014, Bistro Molines combines the finest food, from an ever-changing menu with relaxed friendly service and European influenced serenity.

Bistro Molines – 749 Mount View Road, Mount View NSW 2325, Australia

Phone +61 2 4990 9553

Cafe Enzo Pokolbin Hunter Valley
Cafe Enzo

Cafe Enzo

Enzo is set in a Tuscan inspired village, among eclectic sandstone buildings in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Enzo is praised for its unique ambiance and enchanting court yard. Come and unwind and let the world drift away at the sacred oasis, known to locals as Enzo’s. Listen to chic tunes whilst feasting on Italian delicacies with homemade and locally grown produce.

Cafe Enzo – Corner Broke & Ekerts Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Phone +61 2 4998 7233

Elizabeth’s at Mount Pleasant Wines

Elizabeth’s at Mount Pleasant Wines offers modern Australian cuisine using the best seasonal produce available in a relaxed indoor and courtyard setting. Whether you drop-in for breakfast or choose something from the seasonal lunch menu that is carefully designed to match the great wines, you will undoubtedly enjoy this fabulous food experience.

Elisabeth’s at Mount Pleasant  – 401 Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin NSW 2325, Australia 

Phone +61 2 4998 7505

Esca Bimbadgen

High on a hill in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country, Esca Bimbadgen is dedicated to the art of food and wine matching. The modern Australian cuisine, fresh local and home grown produce and spectacular views make for a truly memorable dining experience. Esca’s contemporary design features large glass windows and an open balcony allowing guests stunning wine country views over the Bimbadgen vineyards. Esca exemplifies the unique nature of a winery restaurant, rather than simply a restaurant in a winery.

Esca Bimbadgen – 790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Phone +61 2 4998 4666

Il Cacciatore

Specialising in North Italian Inspired Cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with friendly and attentive service, Il Cacciatore has long been the favourite with visitors and locals alike. The seasonal menu takes advantage of fresh local produce, authentic Italian ingredients and house made pastas. Il Cacciatore is fully licensed, with bar service and a wine list featuring some of the Hunter’s best wines.

Il Cacciatore –  609 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW 2325, Australia 

Phone +61 2 4998 7639

Margan Family Wines
Margan Restaurant

Margan Restaurant

A visit to Margan Restaurant is a complete food and wine experience. Restaurateur and chef Lisa Margan and her experienced restaurant team create seasonally inspired food, sourced from local, mostly organic producers as well as what is grown with love from the extensive one-acre Margan Kitchen Garden. Set in the tranquil, rural setting of Broke in the Hunter Valley, Margan Restaurant has received too many accolades to mention them all, including Best Restaurant at the Australian Tourism Awards and Hall of Fame Winner for Best Restaurant at both the Hunter Region and NSW Tourism Awards.

Margan Restaurant – 1238 Milbrodale Road, Broke NSW 2330, Australia

Phone + 61 2 6579 1372

Muse Kitchen

Located at Keith Tulloch Winery, this European inspired bistro is the little sister to Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill Wines. Inspired by seasonal produce and quality controlled cooking, Muse Kitchen offers an award-winning casual dining experience for you to enjoy, relax and share.

Muse Kitchen – Corner Hermitage and Deasys Roads, Pokolbin NSW 2320, Australia

Phone +61 2 4998 7899

Muse Restaurant & Cafe

Focused on delivering refined, seasonal produce with professional, intuitive service that strives to impress, comfort and connect, Muse is one of Australia’s finest regional restaurants. After five successful years, multiple awards and thousands of delighted diners, Muse continues to deliver a memorable experience.

Muse Restaurant & Kitchen – 1 Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW, 2320, Australia

Phone +61 2 4998 6777

Twine Restaurant Hunter Valley
Twine Restaurant

Twine Restaurant

Twine Restaurant at Wynwood Estate is the ultimate for those who enjoy modern Australian food with a twist. Overlooking the picturesque vineyards, Twine Restaurant spills out onto a rose-trimmed courtyard, perfect for lunch in the sunshine, or evening cocktails under the stars. For the ultimate dining experience, Twine has one of the Hunter Valley’s most elegant private dining rooms available for use and boasts all the qualities for the perfect wedding, corporate event or special occasion. Available for lunch 7 days and Friday and Saturday evening for “a la carte” dining.

Twine Restaurant – 310 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin NSW 2325, Australia

Phone +61 2 4998 7449


The Vintry

The Vintry is a stunning architecturally designed Country House, luxuriously appointed with the highest quality furnishings and fittings but with the feel of a traditional bush retreat. A contemporary property with 4 spacious bedrooms includes 1 king size bedroom with hydrotherapy spa bath and 3 queen size bedrooms each with its own ensuite bathroom and private deck for those times when you would like some personal time to relax.

Best Deluxe Accommodation 

Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards Gold 2009, 2010. Silver 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012.
NSW Tourism Awards Gold 2009. Silver 2012. Finalist 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013.
Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Finalist Best Deluxe Accommodation 2009.

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Best Shiraz in Australia

Maurice O'Shea

There has been a lot of activity in recent times at the Mount Pleasant winery at Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley. While many things will go unnoticed by most of us, others, such as the removal of the word McWilliam’s from the front label; new labels; new wines; and the arrival of Jim Chatto (just the fourth Chief Winemaker to be based at Mount Pleasant since Maurice O’Shea established the Hunter Valley winery in 1921), will pique our interest in this truly iconic winery.

Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Shiraz 2011Maurice O’Shea chose the original 40 acre property, with its rich, volcanic soils in the Parish of Pokolbin after returning from France in 1921. He was blessed with a remarkable palate and was a master blender with a tremendous ability to identify quality and longevity in young table wines – talents learnt while studying oenology at France’s Montpellier University. At the time, fortified wines dominated the local wine market and very few Australians understood or appreciated table wines.

There is much reverance given to the Maurice O’Shea name at Mount Pleasant and the legacy he left; producing red table wines of enormous flavour, intensity and longevity. So much so that the Maurice O’Shea Shiraz was created, paying testament to the spirit of the Mount Pleasant founder and legendary Hunter Valley winemaker. The result; a wine that is a benchmark Australian Shiraz and the ultimate expression of Hunter Valley winemaking.

Arguably Australia’s most influential wine publication, The James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 is the number one bestselling guide to wineries and wine in Australia. And in the 2015 edition, the 2011 Maurice O’Shea Shiraz awarded the ‘Best Shiraz’.

The hue and depth is similar to that of the Old Paddock & Old Hill and Rosehill wines, and its bouquet is not radically different, but one sip and you realise that however great the OP & OH is, this wine is on another level again. Swallowing wines in a day’s tasting is a mortal sin, and I have sinned with this, so seductive and entrancing is it all achieved by a medium-bodied wine with an alcohol of only 13.7% It has utterly perfect balance, great intensity, extreme length and a magnificent lineage. 98 points. James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2015: The Bestselling and Definitive Guide to Australian Wine (James Halliday Australian Wine Companion)

While words like ‘challenging’ and ‘difficult’ have been widely used to describe the abnormally wet and cool 2011 in most of eastern Australia, the Hunter Valley was in many ways an exception and the 2011 wines, particularly premium Shiraz, are gaining consistent accolades by both wine lovers and the scribes.

Excellent growing conditions throughout Summer 2010 and into the New Year provided a near perfect harvest for growers. The fruit reached optimal ripeness with absolutely no disease. The fruit quality was excellent.

The Maurice O’Shea Shiraz 2011 is bright, medium depth, crimson/purple. It shows pronounced red and black fruits, with spices. Still youthful and with time will develop on this framework of black and red berry fruits and superb French oak treatment. A finely honed, fresh, classically medium bodied Shiraz from Mount Pleasant, with fine tannins, great length and textural layers. Limited quantites available at Mount Pleasant Cellar Door at $110 per bottle.

The Vintry

The Vintry is a stunning architecturally designed Country House, luxuriously appointed with the highest quality furnishings and fittings but with the feel of a traditional bush retreat. A contemporary property with 4 spacious bedrooms includes 1 king size bedroom with hydrotherapy spa bath and 3 queen size bedrooms each with its own ensuite bathroom and private deck for those times when you would like some personal time to relax.

Best Deluxe Accommodation 

Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards Gold 2009, 2010. Silver 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012.
NSW Tourism Awards Gold 2009. Silver 2012. Finalist 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013
Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Finalist Best Deluxe Accommodation 2009

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Mount Pleasant Rosehill Shiraz 2010

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First planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1946, the Rosehill vineyard features a north easterly aspect and a unique volcanic soil structure atypical for the Hunter Valley. These ancient soils contribute to the distinctive character of Rosehill shiraz, delivering a sophisticated wine of complexity, elegance and grace. The highest point on the valley floor, at 100 metres above sea level, the Rosehill vineyard is one of only a handful of highly prized vineyard sites in the region planted on a unique and ancient volcanic soil structure. Thirty hectares of old shiraz vineyards are planted on the contours of the land, rising on a northerly slope.

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Rosehill shiraz is going in the right direction. As indeed are most of the Mount Pleasant wines. Not sure when this is released but I saw it at a preview tasting; it could be a few months away. The oak has come way back into this wine, allowing the fruit perfumes to fly. Plums and raisins. Iodine. Dencorub. Has an elegance. Not a big wine. I’d have to say – it may not have been the best vintage, but it’s been a long time since I’ve personally enjoyed a Rosehill shiraz as much as I have this one. The vineyard is much clearer here. I’m all for it. Campbell Mattinson – Winefront

Intense dark red brick with vibrant magenta hues. Elegantly perfumed sweet lifted ripe raspberry notes with spicy dark chocolate oak complimented by an earthy and nutty nuance. The front palate displays ripe red fruits of raspberry and strawberry, which is married to the mid palate adding poise and structure, the palate exhibits great depth with a beautiful acid line linking the fruit from the front palate to the back palate, very fine silky tannins complete the finish of the wine and delicately coat the mouth leaving a pleasant and very persistent lingering flavour.

McWilliams Mount Pleasant

Address 40 Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Telephone 02 4998 75 05

Open Dally 10am to 5pm

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Mount Pleasant Leontine Chardonnay 2011

Mount Pleasant Wines Hunter Valley. Hunter Valley Wine

Nestled in the slopes of the Brokenback Range in NSW’s lower Hunter Valley, Mount Pleasant is the producer of many classic wines and has firmly established its place among Australia’s premier estates. Mount Pleasant keeps alive the pioneering spirit of its heritage, creating benchmark Hunter Valley wines.

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The quality and longevity of Mount Pleasant wines is regularly recognised on the Australian wine show circuit. The winery is today one of the most awarded in Australia, having been awarded an incredible five Championships, 128 trophies, 500 gold, 500 silver and 1104 bronze medals since the late 1970s.

Maurice O’Shea was the eldest child of the Irish John August O’Shea and the French Leontine Beaucher. When his father passed away, it was Leontine who arranged her eldest son’s trip to France in 1914 at the age of 17.

The influence of Leontine O’Shea on the development of her son Maurice and the creation of Mount Pleasant cannot be understated. Leontine was instrumental in his 1914 journey, and subsequent education, in France and purchased the initial Mount Pleasant property.

It was in 1921 that O’Shea, having just returned from France, persuaded his mother to purchase a 16.3 hectare property on the rich, volcanic soils in the Parish of Pokolbin, in the Hunter Valley.

Leontine then extended the holding by purchasing two adjoining parcels of land. Maurice O’Shea named the site Mount Pleasant. It was at Mount Pleasant that Maurice began his pioneering work in table wines.

The retro label is a near-perfect evocation of the original O’Shea labels, although he had no chardonnay; this is a very good example of modern Hunter Valley that conclusively proves you can’t make top quality examples from a hot climate. Delicate white peach, nectarine and melon fruit is given complexity by some funky wild ferment aromas and a touch of cashew on the finish. James Halliday, James Halliday Wine Companion

Bright golden pale straw. Subtle peach and nectarine fruit complemented by nuances of struck match and mealy nutty aromas. The palate immediately opens with ripe yellow peach and nectarine fruit flavours with hints of guava and melon, a mineral acid backbone adds line and focus to the palate and is complemented by a touch of grapefruit natural ferment ‘funk’ and mealy notes, coupled with a judicious use of french oak, add further texture and complexity to build a well rounded, full bodied style of Chardonnay. A wine to be enjoyed now or will reward careful cellaring for up to seven years from vintage.

McWilliams Mount Pleasant

Address 40 Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Telephone 02 4998 75 05

Open Dally 10am to 5pm

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