Chief Winemaker and Manager, Mount Pleasant
Phil joined McWilliam’s Wines in 1965 at the
age of 19. For more than a decade he was employed
in the company’s laboratory and quality control
areas, based in Pyrmont, Sydney.
In 1978, Phil was appointed Mount Pleasant
Winemaker where he worked under the guidance
successor Brian Walsh until he assumed his current
position in 1985.
Since that time Phil has been responsible for
award winning range of Mount Pleasant wines, including
the flagship Maurice O’Shea Shiraz and Chardonnay,
the single vineyard Rosehill Shiraz, OP&OH
Shiraz and Lovedale Semillon, as well as Elizabeth
one of the most consistently awarded white
wines in Australia.
It is certainly a privilege to make super premium
wines from some of Australia’s oldest and most
revered vineyards,” Phil said.
I am extremely proud of the responsibility I have
for maintaining the style and quality of a range
of wines that not only represent McWilliam’s
but also the Hunter Valley as a region.”
Phil has judged at Australian capital city
and regional wine shows - including Sydney,
and Cowra – since 1981.
He has also been on the Board of the Hunter
Valley Vineyard Association - Australia's oldest
association - since 1987. Phil's various roles
within the association
have included Secretary (present), Vice-President,
Chairman of Promotions and Chairman of the
In addition to more than 25 hands on vintages
at Mount Pleasant, Phil has worked vintages
New Zealand (1981 and 1982) and Bordeaux (1987).
Phil has completed a Diploma in Technology
(Science) and a Bachelor of Applied Science
both from the NSW Institute of Technology;
as well as
a Bachelor of Applied Science (Oenology and
Viticulture) from Charles Sturt University.
His scientific background has made him a leader
in modern quality and fermentation control
processes, and in the prevention of oxidation
Phil currently lives in Pokolbin, in NSW’s
Hunter Valley, just 2kms from the Mount Pleasant
Winery where the Ryan family planted its own
vineyard in 1988.