2015 Mount Mary JDWM Cabernet

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A one of a kind bottling of Cabernet from the original 1971 plantings of the famous Mount Mary Cabernet vines. Only 649 bottles made.

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This is a one off limited release of Cabernet made as a tribute to their 40th anniversary and the founder of Mount Mary, Dr John William Dyer Middleton.

Dr. Middleton's son Sam is now chief winemaker at Mount Mary. For their landmark 2015 release, Sam decided to hold back a barrel of their original 1971 plantings of Cabernet for this special release. There is a splash of Malbec included in the final blend and a total of 649 bottles in existence.

The 2015 provided Mount Mary some of the most heralded wines in their history. This is the jewel in the crown, a wine destined for greatness.

If you look for the rare and beautiful birds of Australian wine, they don't come much rarer or more beautiful than this.

The limited release JWDM CABERNET is a wine never bottled before at Mount Mary. It is made from a selection of our oldest Cabernet sauvignon vines, planted in 1971 by founder Dr John William Dyer Middleton.

It is a one-off limited edition wine produced from the 2015 Vintage. With only 649 bottles produced, this is an extremely limited release. Each bottle is individually numbered from 1 to 649.


2015 was quite simply a truly outstanding Yarra Valley vintage. Exceptional ripening conditions throughout the growing season contributed to vibrant, expressive, complex and perfectly balanced, long lived wines. The sheer quality of fruit from our oldest and most established vines makes this a very special wine, providing an extremely unique representation of our terroir from a highly acclaimed vintage. 2015 also commemorates 40 years of winemaking at Mount Mary, a significant milestone in the history of our treasured site.


John's initial and firm belief in 1971 was that Cabernet sauvignon was the Yarra valley's premium grape variety. This sentiment influenced his vision for Mount Mary and in-turn drove our decision in making this one-off wine. There is an incredible latent power, elegance and balance to this wine that is testament to a 45+ year old vineyard. The palate shows impressive depth and persistence, with a fruit profile that is darker and more brooding than our flagship Quintet blend typically shows. The gravelly tannic spine is another example of just how great Yarra Cabernet can be. We do not wish to indicate a drinking window but expect the generations of Middleton's to follow at Mount Mary will enjoy this wine for many decades to come.

98 Points - "Perfume. Precision. Power. Heady fragrance of violets over boysenberry, mainly, though a full spectrum of berries are in the mix, pencil, cedar, baking spices, subtle earth and gravel. It's medium-bodied, plush with ripe berries, tobacco and exotic perfume. Tannin is deep and resonant, dense and gravelly, and for a man who loves his tannin, it's blissfully good. Finish rolls on and on, all that tannin, savoury flavour and exquisite perfume like the vapour trail of a jet. It's hard to fault, and so easy to fall in love with. It's destined to become one of the legends of Australian wine." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

99 Points - "95% cabernet, 5% malbec, hand-picked, bunch-sorted, open ferment whole berry/crushed fruit, matured in French oak (65% new, 35% second fill). JWDM are the initials of founder John Middleton. I have one word for the colour of the wine: amazing. The same applies to the bouquet and palate with a criss-cross of super-intense blackberry/cassis and a bevy of savoury lines of flavour. All up the wine is so intense it is painful, the pain from heaven." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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