2017 Mount Mary Reflexion Cabernet Franc

Yarra Valley, VIC

A limited run of younger vine Cabernet Franc from the great Mount Mary vineyard. 95 points from Gary Walsh and only 200 dozen made.


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Such a great drink.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The Reflexion wines of Mount Mary aren't made every year. On occasion it's a label that houses declassified fruit, however here it stands as a home for an interesting stand alone wine from the 2017 vintage.

This Cabernet Franc is from younger vines as part of the rootstock replanting project underway at Mount Mary. The fruit was earmarked for Quintet but winemaker Sam Middleton felt it didn't quite fit and he liked it just on its own.

There's a splash of Merlot in the final blend for a little more flesh, but what you get in the end is an extrodinarily aromatic, vibrant example of Franc which is appealing from the get go. Drink this while you wait for Quintet to mature, would be our suggestion.

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
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From The Producer

The Cabernet Franc is from a small block we planted in 2008 on rootstock. For for all intents and purposes this was a batch destined for Quintet, as per the norm. We didn't decide to leave it out until blending time, when we felt it didn't stylistically fit with the '17 blend. We loved it as a standalone wine, and looking at it in isolation we thought it would be a great fit for the Réflexion label!

This pretty, fresh style is achieved with 100% destemmed fruit but with as many whole berries as possible in ferment. This wine saw 16 months in oak (10% new). It has a very small portion of Merlot in it - about 5% - to fatten out the mid-palate ever so slightly. The result is a crunchy wine with lively acidity and great freshness. It doesn't necessarily need time in bottle; as with all Réflexion wines, it's ready to drink on release! - Sam Middleton, Mount Mary

Vineyard: South-facing slope, planted 2008 on rootstock.
Blend: 95% Cabernet franc, 5% Merlot
Fermentation: 100% destemmed; no crushing to preserve whole berries. 12 days on skins.
Maturation: 16 months in oak, 12 months in large-format foudre and four months in barrique (10% new).

Blend : Cabernet Franc (95%), Merlot (5%)
ABV : 13.00%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

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The Wine Front

"Black jellybean, menthol, hedgerow, blackcurrant and raspberry. Medium-bodied, juicy burst but with black olive and pencil/earth savouries, buoyant, fresh, complex, dusty emery tannin, and a long and briary finish. Such a great drink. 94 or 95 points." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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Amazing Cabernet franc

A rare release of Cabernet Franc from mt Mary's . Beautiful drop , needs some cellaring to find its best though. Great value

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