A Visionary’s Vineyard
Planted by Maurice O’Shea in 1946, the Lovedale site is a true viticultural marvel. Having been considered completely inhospitable for growing vines, O’Shea recognised this section of sandy ancient sea-bed for its true potential. He saw its suitability for growing exceptional ‘Chablis-style’ wines. Today Lovedale produces some of the most expressive and elegant Semillon in the world.
Maurice O’Shea purchased the Lovedale site, although he would have to wait 6 years to plant Lovedale as the area was sequestered by the Australian government to be used as a runway during the Second World War.
It was first planted, but it wouldn’t produce a vintage for another 5 years as O’Shea worked tirelessly to overcome the inherent viticultural struggles given the site’s soil type and fertility.
The first vintage of Lovedale was released winning significant success and critical acclaim. It is still enjoyed – bottle matured, up to 19 years later – a true testament to the longevity of the Mount Pleasant style.
Even in difficult vintage conditions, Lovedale would shine above the rest. The 1984 vintage and ‘86 vintages were just that with ’84 achieving 22 Trophies and 28 Gold Medals and was regarded as the greatest Semillon of that era. These two wines were a game changers and brought about the Single Vineyard Lovedale label.
Pokolbin, Lower Hunter Valley, NSW
Vines Per Hectare
Vertical Shoot Positioning and Cordon Ballerina — to ensure maximum sunlight penetration, reduce the risk of disease
Sandy aggregate loam topsoil, with friable red and yellow clay lower root zones