By F&B’s Esmond Kwan

There was a period when we were quite famous for our overindulgence in shiraz, especially Hunter Valley shiraz which was highly sought after in the 70s & 80s.

McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant, home to the Old Hill Vineyard planted in 1880, is one of Australia’s most treasured vineyard sites in the Hunter. The Estate was established in 1921 by the legendary winemaker Maurice O’Shea who also coined the property’s name – a name which would go on to grace his wine labels and later on become the flagship red wine for Mount Pleasant.

Tattersalls has just listed the 1999 Mount Pleasant Maurice O’Shea Shiraz – a mouth-filling wine with lashings of plum & berry, and spice flavours supported by a firm, yet supple tannin structure, and this vintage is today recognised for its powerful Hunter Valley Shiraz.

This wine has the weight and fruit structure to support careful cellaring and is ready to drink from 2021 onwards. So why not enjoy this with your fellow Members over a long luncheon, where you won’t need to rush home as we are no longer a nation of drunken anarchy, or are we?

We have been very fortunate to secure this highly allocated shiraz onto our limited cellar release section, where we will also be pulling out the Coravin for those who would like to enjoy this by the glass. But you better get in quick because we only have six bottles and because the One o’clock Swill has begun.

To enjoy this bottle, please get in touch with the team at to reserve a table.