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2016 Mount Mary Quintet

Yarra Valley, VIC

One of Australia's benchmark Bordeaux blends. Mount Mary in the form of its life with Sam Middleton behind the wheel.

HIGH SCORE

$135.00

About
It’s a rare bird, this Cabernet.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The iconic Mount Mary Quintet is one of the jewels of the Yarra Valley.

A blend of the five Bordeaux varieties, planted side-by-side on one of the Yarra's most revered sites. This personifies the medium-bodied, regal style of Cabernet blends from this region.

The 2016 vintage was warmer than average, the fruit getting to perfect ripeness and beautifully guided to bottle by young family winemaker Sam Middleton. All the ducks in a row.

A thing of beauty. A thing of class. A wine for the cellar to be marvelled at for decades to come.

About Mount Mary

One of the great Australian domains is in the form of its life with young Sam Middleton as head winemaker.

The list of accolades for the great Mount Mary is long and rich. They are one of the country's most celebrated and collectable family-owned estates.

From the impossible balance of the iconic Quintet and Triolet blends to the scintillating Chardonnays and the rare and almost mythical Pinot Noir, there is not a hair out of place in the Mount Mary line up.

With Sam Middleton in charge of the winemaking process, Mount Mary is entering its second golden age as one of the jewels of the Yarra Valley.

Mount Mary winemaker Sam Middleton
Mount Mary winemaker Sam Middleton
Photo Credit: Ewen Bell / Wine Australia
Additional Info

From The Producer

Our vineyard is planted to Cabernet sauvignon (50%), Merlot (25%), Cabernet franc (15%), Malbec (5%) and Petit verdot (5%).

The percentage of each variety that goes into the final blend changes with the season as factors such as fruitfulness and fruit set vary. The greatest influence we have over the quality of this wine is deciding when to pick each variety. This determines not only the flavours but the quality of tannins, the acid and alcohol levels.

These varieties ferment on skins for around 12-14 days. This is followed by 22 months of barrel maturation, with 25% of the blend in large format oak (1500L or larger), and 30% in new barriques (225L). The remaining wine is matured in 2-5 year old barriques. Minimal fining and filtration is carried out prior to bottling.

Blend : Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot
ABV : 13.20%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2038
Bottle Size : 750ml

Sam and sister Claire in the vineyard
Sam and sister Claire in the vineyard
Yarra Valley, VIC
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
The Wine Front

"It’s only 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 26% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. A different wine to the (relatively) throaty 2015, but not a lesser one.Such perfume. Such finesse. It’s a flat out joy to smell, and to taste. Violets, cedar, red and black fruits, tobacco, pencils, marzipan and aniseed. Just into medium-bodied, well-etched and sure-footed, much like the kitten, who’s tongue the tannin sports. Delightful flavour of small red (mainly) and black berries, deft and precise, with a finish that’s long and crisp, which leaves no doubt about the quality of this wine. Line and length. Fragrance and poise. Subtle, yet thoroughly persuasive. Gentle rasp of tannin cleans the mouth. It’s a rare bird, this Cabernet." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"45% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, 6% malbec, 4% petit verdot, separately vinified and matured in French oak (35% new) for 18-22 months before blending and bottling. The ultimate Bordeaux blend, both in theory and reality. Almost butterfly wing transparency, yet compelling intensity and length, the flavours spanning cassis to blueberry to plum and blackcurrant, all with a textured backing." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

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