Maurice O'Shea is regarded by many as the founding father of the modern Australian wine industry. Upon his return from winemaking studies in France, and with the assistance of his mother Leontine, he purchased the original Mount Pleasant property in 1921. Over the next thirty years, a series of now legendary wines were released by Mount Pleasant, establishing the reputation of the lower Hunter Valley and inspiring future generations of Australian winemakers. Even more remarkably these iconic wines were created under very difficult conditions, with no access to electricity or modern winemaking techniques. A master blender and visionary winemaker, often blending Shiraz with Pinot Noir and other varieties, Maurice created a succession of wines named after local landmarks, friends and relatives. In pride of place was a string of 1940s releases named in honour of his great friend and supporter Henri Renault. The Mount Henry was created with a focus on elegance and subtlety rather than sheer power. Bright and vibrant shiraz, selected for its supple mouth-feel and fine silky tannins is framed by the lifted aromatics and bright acidity of pinot noir. This beautifully poised wine will continue to gain character and complexity for many years.