Inspired by the first visit of a reigning monarch to Australia in 1954, today McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Elizabeth is the embodiment of the synergy achieved by combining the noble grape variety Semillon and the Hunter Valley. Renowned for its unique ability to be enjoyed when fresh and admired when allowed to age gracefully, McWilliam's celebrates both styles through Elizabeth. Having been placed in the Mount Pleasant cellars for extended bottle age, this small parcel of Semillon now enjoys the benefits gained from patience.
- NSW - Hunter Valley
- New South Wales
Hunter Semillon is one of the world’s greatest aging white wines. Elizabeth is always released after some ageing (the 2012 and ’11 vintages are also available), but the proof of the pudding is in the cellar-aged releases, this one seven years old and extraordinary value at $24. With a full buttercup-yellow colour, it has toasty, straw, citrus and resin-like aromas of great complexity and allure. It’s very dry and savoury in the mouth and cries out for food. There’s a parade of lemon-butter, beeswax and toast aromas and flavours, all of which extend to a very long finish and aftertaste. Drink now to 2018. Food: marinated fish; grilled fish; pasta with clams; mussels mariniere. Rating 95 - Huon Hooke Huon's Wine 360
While you wait for your other Hunter Semillons to hit maturity it’s always good to be able to grab a Lizzy. I like this more than the 2006 release. It’s slightly less developed and has more focus and reach. Lanolin, lime marmalade, creamed honey on toast and lemon citrus freshness. A touch of aniseed and spice. No harm whatsoever in putting some away for a few more years if you’d like to. Rating 91 - Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself
Winery Tasting Notes
Pale golden with a hint of bright green hues.
Fresh limes and grapefruit, lemon blossom, and hints of pineapple and cut grass complexity.
Lively fresh citrus palate with ripe citrus flavours, a fleshy palate with fine acidity and a long lingering finish. This is a seamless wine of rich citrus flavours and fine acid structure hinting at the potential for this wine to cellar with great longevity.
Through to 2017, and beyond under appropriate conditions.
Medals & Trophies
Sydney International Wine Competition 2012, 2013
Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2011
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2011, 2012
Cairns Show Wine Awards 2013
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012
Cowra Wine Show 2013